(I originally posted this last night, and have changed the opening paragraphs.) Yesterday was a better day although I'm embarrassed I responded so harshly to the Natural Approach to Healing Depression webcast. While my disappointment was genuine, and there was good cause, I usually try to seek some distance and perspective before I write an angry post or email.
Gianna talked with Troy, the fellow who worked on it, and has written to say she now has a different perspective. I would agree that it was the wrong venue and will play far better on You-Tube. I still feel the press release was misleading, and the materials were simplistic.
Having said that, I've been reading James S. Gordon's book, Unstuck, Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression, and it's really good. While I'm only half way through it, he discusses issues that few other psychiatrists are aware of, and I'll write more about it.
So, my revised opinion is that there is probably a value in seeing the rest of the webcast series or waiting for it to play on You-Tube. Gianna says the episode on meditation--which she has previewed--is "well done."
I've noted on my mood charts that during the last few days, I've been too emotional, my judgment seems slightly impaired, I find myself getting irritated at small things, and I don't feel like talking.
Sometimes, when I feel like this, I try to use different modes of expression. On Sunday, I took my camera to UCLA and spent hours shooting photographs. A few of my favorite are: 1. A sculpture in the sculpture garden. 2. A detail of a stone totem pole. 3. Powell Library, where my parents used to hang out so many years ago. 4. The sun going down on the central quad.
Hope you like them. Have a nice day!