I often support a client’s desire to forego antidepressants for mild to moderate depression. That’s because I know there’s an alternative to drugs that:
- Has no harmful side effects
- Works fast
- Leads to long lasting improvement
This alternative is the Mood Switch. – an easy to learn strategy that breaks the painful cycle of negative emotions. I developed the Mood Switch to help people bring their negative moods under greater control.
The Mood Switch is based on Cognitive Behavior Therapy techniques. CBT has been rigorously researched since the 1960s. This research has revealed that CBT works extremely well, because it is based on a breakthrough finding:
- Thoughts “cause” feelings
• Illogical, upsetting thoughts cause negative feelings
Cognitive Behavior Therapy helps you change your thinking so you can change the way you feel, often leading to lifelong changes in your actions.
Here are some benefits of the Mood Switch.
- No harmful side effects
None of your precious energy will be wasted worrying about harmful side effects. As you follow the simple steps to counteract your upsetting thoughts, hope and confidence will replace uncertainty and helplessness.
- Feel better in minutes rather than weeks
Unlike drugs that can take weeks to work, the Mood Switch takes less than 30 minutes to learn. You’ll experience noticeable relief as soon as you complete the steps.
- Gain self-confidence
Using antidepressants can increase feelings of dependence and helplessness. The Mood Switch, on the other hand, teaches new skills and leads to insights that boost confidence and control.
- Experience long lasting benefits
Although the Mood Switch works quickly, it’s much more than a quick fix. It helps you understand why you get upset and teaches you to change your negative thinking patterns for long term results.
- Get unstuck fast
Depression often results from the accumulation of negative and upsetting thoughts, leading you to feel overwhelmed and paralyzed (There’s so much to deal with. I don’t know where to start.) The Mood Switch helps you quickly pinpoint a specific event or experience as a starting point.
Rather than looking for a root cause, you take immediate steps to change how you feel in the present moment.
- Gain tools for prevention
Whenever you experience a new upset, you can easily use the Mood Switch on your own to identify your negative thoughts and create helpful responses. This allows you to be proactive and prevent down moods from taking hold.
- Help others.
As you experience relief from upset, you’ll likely want to help friends and relatives feel better, too. Once you learn the Mood Switch, you’ll find it easy to teach the basic steps to others. And your improved mood can inspire others to take charge of their emotional life, as well.
- Save money
Antidepressants cost a lot of money. So does long term talk therapy. With the Mood Switch, you’ll be able to help yourself for years to come – at any time and in any place.
- Experience a higher quality life
When you use the Mood Switch, you’ll stop feeling like a victim of circumstances beyond your control. Knowing how to shift your thoughts to ones that make you feel better bolsters your confidence. The greater your ability to handle life’s challenges, the greater your satisfaction with life becomes.
- Get better, don’t just feel better
The Mood Switch doesn’t just temporarily reduce the intensity of negative feelings. It actually changes the upsetting thoughts and beliefs that create negative feelings.
As you practice the steps, you will begin to automatically counteract negative thoughts as they arise. In effect, you’ll be able to ward off a down mood before it takes hold – your personal pre-emptive strike against suffering.
In addition to teaching clients to use the Mood Switch for mild to moderate depression, I also show them how to use relaxation techniques and make basic lifestyle changes to counteract depression. We also engage in problem-solving to address the life situations that are triggering depression.