Debbie Hampton recovered from decades of unhealthy thinking and depression, a suicide attempt and resulting brain injury, to become the founder of The Best Brain Possible, a website sharing information on the brain as well as psychological, emotional and mental health issues.
She has written two books, Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain and Sex, Suicide and Serotonin: Taking Myself Apart and Putting Myself Back Together and is a regular contributor to online publications such as Huffington Post and MindBodyGreen.
In this episode:
(01:35) Debbie tells her story
(02:30) One of the most important lessons Debbie learned through her recovery
(03:35) How Debbie learned to speak again
(06:15) The point at which Debbie realised she really wanted to live
(10:48) A sensitive issue when sharing ideas with others who are struggling with their mental health
(11:38) What Debbie considers to be the first step in recovering from depression
(12:12) "Your thoughts are not you"
(14:03) Moving from regret to compassion
(15:09) The problem with positive thinking
(16:32) The most important thing Katie learned to do during her recovery
(18:09) Getting in the habit of noticing good things
(20:46) The 'done list'
(24:01) Debbie's Little Challenge