Summary

Depression can feel like a downward spiral, pulling you down into a vortex of sadness, fatigue, and apathy. Based in the latest research in neuroscience, this audiobook offers dozens of little things you can do every day to rewire your brain and create an upward spiral toward a happier, healthier life.
Depression doesn't happen all at once. It starts gradually and builds momentum over time. If you go through a difficult experience, you may stop taking care of yourself. You may stop exercising and eating healthy, which will end up making you feel even worse as time goes on. You are caught in a downward spiral, but you may feel too tired, too overwhelmed, and too scared to try to pull yourself back up. The good news is that just one small step can be a step in the right direction.
In The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb demystifies the neurological processes in the brain that cause depression and offers effective ways to get better--one little step at a time. In the book, you'll discover that there isn't "one big solution" that will solve your depression. Instead, there are dozens of small, practical things you can do to alleviate your symptoms and start healing. Some are as simple as relaxing certain muscles to reduce feelings of anxiety while others involve making small efforts toward more positive social interactions. Small steps in the right direction can have profound effects--giving you the power literally to "reshape" your brain.
Like most people, you probably didn't wake up one day and find yourself completely depressed. Instead, it probably happened over time, as a series of reactions to difficult situations and negative thinking. But if you are ready to reverse the trajectory of your depression and find lasting happiness, this audiobook will show you how.
©2015 Alex Korb (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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3 out of 5 stars
By Unclepigg on 04-07-17

Excellent science, average advice

I found the first couple of chapters really interesting with regards to the neurological science and explanations of the chemical structures in the brain. However, the following chapters seem to be a repackaging of generic advice and information available on the web for free. Or via common sense. Anyone who had struggled with depression will be familiar with most of the suggestions here. I was left in doubt if the author really understands depression, giving out such platitudes as "just chill" and "get more sleep". Everybody isn't the same, so 8 hours of sleep might not be the perfect solution. And piers naps might actually be perfect for some people, whereas it's advised against here, with no supporting science.
There's also a section that strongly supports the use of prescription drugs and psychotherapy, and even a suggestion of brain surgery!

My overall opinion is that the book serves as a brief scientific insight to the processes behind depression, and perhaps as some starting point for people new to depression, or suffering mild to moderate depression.

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5 out of 5 stars
By tempranello on 03-11-16

Empowering

Well written and well narrated. If you want to get an understanding of, and thus a modicum of control over depression then read this book. It's not just for those on a journey of depression; I recommend it to those who live with, love or lead people who are on that journey too.

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By Sara on 05-07-15

Practical & Positive

This is a fascinating look at the neuroscience of the brain and depression. It is very accessible and offers small, easy changes that can be implemented to alter the way you feel. I particularly liked the reasoning and science presented to back up and explain the changes the author suggests. This makes these new behaviors understandable and action oriented. Whether you are suffering from depression or just feeling stuck and not as happy and positive as you have in the past--this book and theory offers a way forward. I found the book to be supportive, simple, and engaging.

My only suggestion is that if the science bogs you down--fast forward past those parts and focus on the changes suggested. You can always go back and listen to the science later. It is a quick listen and helpful if you hear it more than once. Also, to me, the narrator starts out speaking overly fast--this improves as the book progresses. Overall, a positive and informative book that is worth the time and filled with sensible advice.

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5 out of 5 stars
By P M CODY on 05-07-15

Excellent blend of theoretical explanation and practical suggestions!

Alex Korb offers very practical ideas for small steps that people can take, to have a profound effect on their mood and wellbeing, along with all the neuroscientific background to explain how these small steps lead to such great change. An excellent book, highly recommended!

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