Natural therapies for treating depression
We had an idea!
I'll get straight to the point. My business partner and I, copywriters, both have experience with spouses suffering from depression, and experience with spouses who were stubborn about seeking clinical treatment for said depression. They resisted the idea of counselling and they refused to consult their doctors about anti-depressant medication.
This was frustrating for the rest of us; it was not just these two men who were being affected by this problem. I recall saying to my spouse at one point, 'If you don't want to get help for your own sake, at least do it for the children.'
Eventually my spouse agreed to get a prescription for anti-depressants. But he didn't get any sort of examination and diagnosis as to what type of medication might be right for him. His doctor basically said, 'Here, I'll write you a prescription. Try this and see how you go. But be warned, it could adversely affect your marriage.'
Did his medication help? No. His moods were all over the place and his behaviour became quite erratic and strange. Playing around with the medication didn't help either, which he did to maintain his ultra-high mood. The medication he was on is serious stuff; you have to obey the rules. He didn't.
We are now divorced.
In the aftermath, my business partner and I asked ourselves a question: is traditional medication the only option here? What about natural therapies? Could something like yoga or diet help in the treatment or at least the management of depression? And what if there was an instantly downloadable ebook offering a variety of natural choices, all in the one place, to help someone make a decision about what was best for them or their loved one?
This is the story of how we created our first ebook.
Calling alternative therapists!
We put a shout-out on Sourcebottle asking for alternative therapists who were willing to be interviewed for a new ebook about their practices in treating depression and got a number of very positive responses.
In no time at all we had a hypnotherapist, a dietician, a naturopath, a sleep therapist, a yoga instructor, a kinesiologist, an expert in hormones, a neuro-linguistic programmer and a life coach.
Oh, and a wiccan. Because of the tone we had in mind for the book, we didn't actually want a wiccan but we said we'd keep her in mind for another project.
Emails were exchanged, interview dates and times were agreed upon and the interviews took place via Skype.
Writing it all up.
Then came the hard part.
We had the nearly three hours of recordings transcribed, then we edited and proofread the transcripts, formatted according to Amazon requirements, designed a front cover (as in: agonised over the front cover), wrote a sales page and uploaded the ebook to Amazon for instant downloading.
I'm making this sound a lot easier and a lot less fiddly and technical than it really was, because who wants to read that, right? Suffice it to say there was a lot of 'How do we do that?', 'What just happened?' and 'That's not working.'
Also, 'That doesn't look right', ''Why isn't there a page break where I put a page break?' and 'Maybe I should get a proper job.'
Plus bad language.
But sometimes it was 'That worked!', 'I did it!' and 'That wasn't as difficult as I thought it was going to be.'
This happened. Often. - Head, meet desk. Oh wait, you already know each other.
Some days it was like pushing a glue ball up a hill with our noses. If we'd known what we were taking on we might have chickened out.
Our supervisor. - He's tough but fair.
Most of the time we work at my house, with my cat overseeing our progress and assisting with editorial advice. He's very particular about the use of the apostrophe. (I am not projecting AT ALL!)
Be Depression Free Naturally - We got there in the end.
Here is our ebook, our glue ball transformed into an instant download, with potential solutions to the heavy burden that is depression. Click on the blue bit and take a look inside.
What about you?
Some people are open-minded about alternative therapies and some people think they're a load of bunkum. I fall somewhere in the middle; some make sense to me, like hypnotherapy, which I've tried, and some make no sense at all. Others are just a bit scary. The very idea of acupuncture! All those needles. Pass!
I didn't consult a hypnotherapist for depression but for confidence in a shorthand writing exam. You can't hit the right keys on your funky little machine if they're shaking with nerves!
A friend of mine consulted a Chinese herbologist for stress and was very pleased with the results. I also know someone who swears by kinesiology.
Have you ever tried an alternative therapy?
Along the way we learned cool new stuff.
Well, we learned how to use Calibre, Dropbox, Scrivener and Evernote, how to format an ebook for Kindle and how to promote an ebook using social media.
We learned about natural therapies, the effect diet has on mood and how hormone imbalances can influence weight gain as well as mood.
We also learned why some people with depression do not seek help or treatment and how traumatic incidents in one's past can lead to depression later in life.
Oh, and that if you seek help from a hypnotherapist you will not necessarily be instructed to dance like a chicken. Unless you want to be, and that's totally fine.
Fame and fortune. Oh, wait . . .
We're still waiting for our ebook to set the world on fire, astound the online publishing world with its magnificence and become a NY Times bestseller, but we received a lot of positive feedback, it was an interesting learning curve and we made some new friends, which is always nice.
Then we started our next project. No, it does not involve the wiccan.
We also discovered Squidoo!
The life coach. - Take a look.
Valentina is the life coach we interviewed. She has her own book on Amazon. I wonder if she had a glue ball too?
Our other office. - Feeling sorry for us?
Sometimes when we have cabin fever after working at my place for days on end we go here, Beachcomber Cafe and Restaurant on Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay, to work.
And we do work. They have wi-fi there. And food. Good food.
What's on the menu?
Did I mention the food?
Beachcomber's chilli mussels are to die for.
The lamb shanks are good too.
And I like the fish and chips. Bad. Very bad. But so good!
And sometimes we go here.
Just for a change of scenery and menu.
Nice view, huh? - We love it.
Rickett's Point Teahouse is slightly further afield than Beachcomber and because it doesn't have wi-fi we go there to brainstorm, ALWAYS with our notebooks and pens. Yes, sometimes we write the old-fashioned way.
On a good day we see black swans. On a very good day we see black swans, pelicans and dolphins.
The write stuff. - What to choose, what to choose.
My business partner and I have a serious notebook problem. We LOVE them. In fact, this problem is so serious we probably need an intervention.
Okay, I need this.
This is nice too
A visitor to Rickett's Point.
I like pelicans so I've included this photo just because I can.
Onwards and upwards!
Here we go again.
Our new project is looking like another biggie, involving writing, email list building, more writing. And that's just for starters. Are we looking at another giant glue ball? Probably. Are we looking at more heads hitting desks? Oh yeah.
But we've done it once and we got through it, and now we have more knowledge and experience than we had when we started. Which is in our favour. So we can do it again.
As you can see, our supervisor is very concerned about the workload. He may look like he is dozing on the towel he pulled down onto the bathroom heating duct but he is actually thinking about our upcoming meeting with a client.
Thank you! - We got lucky.
Before I go, my business partner and I would like to thank the therapists who contributed to our ebook: Kylie, Sam, Nikola, Belinda, Rachel, Valentina, Sharon, Gabrielle and Leah. They are awesome. Without these wonderful women we couldn't have done this.
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