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Attitude is Everything - an Adjunct to Medicine While Treating Depression (opinion)

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Author: Dr. Robert Zaid

Also See Attitude is Everything Page #1

Mind over matter

depressionIf you haven't figured it out by now, I've been trying to suggest things throughout this article. By asking you a question, I'm trying to invoke a thought and make you think about this topic differently. Each one of us knows what makes us happy, what makes us perform well, what makes us confident. So why can't we use these tools to our advantage. In example, when I first took my admission test to get into college, I was nervous and did not feel good throughout the test. Soon after, I received a letter from U of M and was accepted. I was still scheduled to retake the admission exam and since the pressure was not on me to do well, I went into the exam confidently and did a lot better the second time. I used this philosophy through medical school as I took an exam. I realized that it was counterproductive to be nervous and no matter how I felt before an exam, I'd take a few minutes to convince my mind that I was confident. That state of being allowed me to be focused and clear headed. Otherwise, we have blocks in our mind and when we are anxious and nervous our minds do not perform efficiently.

Recipe for happiness

Now let's take the above and try to figure out a recipe for happiness. We know that being down causes our body to shut down, inhibits our positive investment in things that matter to us and we do not perform as well. We also know that when we are happy and positive, it clears our minds, promotes better health and allows us to accomplish things.


So if each one of us thought about when we are happy and what makes us happy and writes that down, that is a huge step. The idea here is that if we know what makes us happy, why couldn't we use that paradigm every time we are down. A song, an accomplishment, a family member, a life experience, a food, or a memory can all trigger our moods to be happy or sad. If we can figure out what makes us happy, then why couldn't we re-experience these things or think about them when we are down and quickly forget about what's bringing us down. Likewise, what prevents us from looking beyond our environment and finding a larger perspective for the event. Life is often unpredictable and can be very frustrating, but the sooner we realize to adapt, the happier we will be.

One step at a time

So you may be saying...."I have too many bad things going on in my life right now and don't see a way out". Well, my answer to you is this: Improve one thing at a time. You did not get into your situation very fast, so why are you looking for a fast answer. If you correct one thing at a time, you will start to build positive debt and you will slowly add to your positive experiences and as you do things well you will become happier and happier. If you have financial problem, problems at work, loss of loved ones, and a problem with your son, maybe you can start with making a better relationship with your son. Then work on the next issue, etc...

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Dr. Zaid is a family doctor in Novi Michigan who has a passion for writing and taking good care of his patients. He believes that good communication is essential in creating a healthy relationship between doctor and patient. He also believes that continuity of care is improved when family doctors are able to see their patients in the hospital. More information can be found at or

Webpage by  Paul Susic  MA Licensed Psychologist   Ph.D. Candidate  (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)

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