Managing Depression with Mindfulness For Dummies
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When you’re depressed you may feel like you are the only one who has the problem and that everyone else is happy and normal. This kind of feeling, although very normal, can cause you to feel extremely isolated and causes you to suffer in silence. The truth is that many people who look happy are in fact also depressed and chronically unhappy. There are more of us than you might think.

The World Health Organization predicts that more people will be affected by depression than any other health problem by the year 2030. It is no surprise then that about one in four people suffers from some kind of mental health difficulty, such as depression.

You might find it interesting that many famous people have suffered from depression as well. This just shows that depression is more common than you might think. Following are a few names of famous people who suffered from depression at one point in their lives. You might recognise some of them:

  • Stephen John Fry, English actor, presenter, and activist

  • Eric Clapton, English musician

  • Bob Dylan, American singer-songwriter, poet and artist

  • Ruby Wax, American comedienne

  • Robbie Williams, British pop singer

  • Sir Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister

  • J.K. Rowling, British writer

Looking at it this way can sometimes help you feel a little bit better about your situation, knowing that you are not alone in with your problem.

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Robert Gebka, a former Zen Buddhist monk, is a mindfulness trainer and executive director of the Dorset Mindfulness Centre. He works in mental health for Dorset HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses to the general public as well as business organisations. Robert is also a member of the National Counselling Society as well as the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.

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