Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 30, 2008
Integrative medicine pioneer, renowned psychiatrist and educator, James S. Gordon, M.D., will teach a four part online series on treating depression with proven, natural techniques starting on November 18th. The web-based series, called "A Natural Approach for Treating Depression," will include video lessons focused on four of Dr. Gordon's main themes to treating depression and is based on Dr. Gordon's treatment program, which he developed and has been teaching around the world for almost 40 years. Dr. Gordon's program asserts that prescription antidepressants are often ineffective and create significant side effects. He teaches natural Self-Care techniques, such as relaxation exercises, physical exercise, proper nutrition and others, that have been proven to successfully treat depression and its symptoms. The program allows the patient to take an active, effective role in their own healing. The series and its related downloadable resources for participants are free. "A Natural Approach for Treating Depression" Series Site
Recently, he and the faculty at the non-profit Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) have held training programs based on this approach in areas and with populations affected by significant trauma, stress and depression, such as in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Kosovo, Israel, Gaza, New York firefighters after 9/11, and now with veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. He recently wrote about the comprehensive, holistic program in his book, "Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression," which has received incredibly enthusiastic reviews from Mehmet Oz, Deepak Chopra, Andrew Weil, Christiane Northrup and Robert Coles, among others (see the Supplemental Materials).
Groundbreaking Online Wellness Instruction
The Internet is now filled with "how to" and health advice videos on incredibly popular video-focused websites like YouTube and Veoh. Additionally, Oprah Winfrey's recent 10-part web-based series with spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, "New Earth," drew millions of participants throughout the series, which included 90 minute live discussions on the Internet, demonstrating the public's interest in such online programs. But Dr. Gordon and his production partner in the series, multimedia health education firm MBL Wellness, see a need for high quality, easy to understand and interesting wellness and self-care instruction on the Web. "Patients definitely want and need information on important wellness techniques like stress reduction, exercise and how to eat well, but generally don't get this instruction from their doctors. The Web now offers us a powerful and high quality way to educate millions of people on proven Self-Care techniques by using video, audio, audience participation, and downloadable materials - all at once," says Dr. Gordon. Studies now show that over 60% of adults in the US use the Web to research information on health and wellness.
Dr. Gordon views this Web-based effort simply as an extension of what the Center for Mind-Body Medicine has been doing since he founded the organization in 1991: providing education about natural, proven healing techniques to hundreds of thousands of people around the world to help them care for and heal themselves. The vast majority of these people don't (and couldn't) pay for the education which CMBM (primarily funded by grants and donations) provides to thousands of health, mental health, and educational professionals, who then share the information with their populations.
In the series, Dr. Gordon will provide viewers with four easy-to-understand lessons (each between four and ten minutes) as well as a downloadable "Unstuck Pack," which contains audio, video and written materials, for participants to use while taking the course. Viewers can also email in questions for Dr. Gordon to answer on the series' website. Each lesson will premiere on the show's website, but then be available on the "MBL Wellness Club" Channels on YouTube, MySpace, FaceBook, and iTunes within 48 hours. The schedule is listed below.
"A Natural Approach for Treating Depression" Web Seminar Series with James S. Gordon, M.D.
Series Website with Sign-up Information: "A Natural Approach for Treating Depression" Series Site
Lesson 1 - An Overview of Depression and How You Can Treat it Yourself with the Help of a Guide
Premiere Date and Time: Tuesday, November 18th at 8:30 EST.
Key Lessons: Prescription drugs aren't the only answer; people can use simple techniques to treat their condition; people should work with their doctor and find a guide to help them through the process; depression is not a disease, but a condition in which peoples' lives are out of balance, or "stuck." (Participants should read the excerpt from the Introduction of Unstuck in the Unstuck Pack.)
Lesson 2 - Relaxation/Stress Management. Premiere Date and Time: Thursday, November 20th at 8:30 EST.
Key Lessons: Stress and depression are connected; simple relaxation exercises can help with the symptoms of depression; Dr. Gordon teaches a relaxation exercise. (The Unstuck Pack contains useful tools for this lesson.)
Lesson 3 - Exercise and Movement Premiere Date and Time: Saturday, November 22nd at 6:30 EST. (note time change)
Key Lessons: Physical exercise can significantly improve mood; Dr. Gordon provides advice on how to start an exercise program; Dr. Gordon shows a movement technique he has taught around the world.
Lesson 4 - Other Useful Techniques and Advice for Participants Premiere Date and Time: Monday, November 24th at 8:30 EST
Key Lessons: Dr. Gordon discusses a variety of other techniques that are effective in treating depression; he provides some final advice and words of encouragement for participants.
Other Resources Provided
The Unstuck Pack
Before the series begins, participants can go to the series' website and download the free Unstuck Pack, which includes:
- The Unstuck Workbook & Journal to use with the course
- An audio relaxation exercise for an MP3 player
- A guide to relaxation and meditation to use with the exercise
- A follow-along video, which visually demonstrates the relaxation exercise
- A excerpt of the Introduction to "Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression"
Series Website and Sign-Up Location: "A Natural Approach for Treating Depression" Series Site
SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS FOR PRESS
About James S. Gordon, MD
James S. Gordon, M.D., is the founder and director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Gordon is a clinical professor in the departments of psychiatry and family medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the former chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Dr. Gordon, who has been a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Atlantic, as well as to leading professional journals, is the author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression, Manifesto for a New Medicine and the author or editor of ten other books.
For additional biographical information about Dr. Gordon, visit http://www.jamesgordonmd.com/
Medical Research Supporting Dr. Gordon's Approach
Gordon, James S. Staples Julie K, Blyta Afrim, Bytyqi Murat, Wilson Amy T. Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Postwar Kosovar Adolescents Using Mind-Body Skills Groups: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2008
Staples, Julie K. & Gordon, James S. "Effectiveness of a Mind-Body Skills Training Program for Healthcare Professionals." Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 2004, 11(4): 36-41.
Editorial Reviews of Unstuck
"A world expert offers a practical proven guide to finding hope and happiness in the ashes of depression. Unstuck is superb."
-Mehmet Oz, MD, author of the YOU guides
"Depression is not what we think it is. Ideas that can change a culture come only a few times in a generation. Unstuck is such an idea, the answer to the one of the major causes of disability that has, until now, had only poor solutions. Dr. James Gordon, a pioneering voice in medicine for 40 years, has provided a practical and transformative guide for the suffering millions with depression. If you want to find out the real causes of depression and how to cure them, read this book."
-Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times best selling author of UltraMetabolism
"In this extraordinary book, Dr. James S. Gordon, a pioneer in integrative medicine, offers practical ways to climb out of the dark psychological dungeon of depression. Both therapist and patient will benefit hugely from reading this book."
-Deepak Chopra, author of Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore
"Unstuck is truly remarkable. Dr. James S. Gordon has taken forty years of experience in psychiatry and distilled it down into one brilliant book that can help people suffering from depression or ordinary unhappiness and confusion. In this warm, practical and user-friendly book, Dr. Gordon takes great care to remind us how much power we have to change our own lives."
-Dean Ornish, MD, author of The Spectrum
"Using an integrative perspective and drawing on traditional wisdom, psychiatrist James Gordon guides you through a whole-person journey out of depression that addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of the problem, not just a possible chemical imbalance in the brain. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who feels stuck."
-Andrew Weil, MD, Author of Healthy Aging and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health