Course

Shake the System: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Depression

1 Class

When it comes to emotional balance, we have a wealth of tools at our fingertips: Psychotherapy. Exercise. Yoga. Medication—or meditation. And yet, we feel worse than ever. In growing numbers, we suffer from anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. We’re dogged by fatigue, inflammation, and malaise—a persistent feeling of being unwell. We battle constant worry and emotional strain. When nothing seems to work, we often feel hopeless, and blame ourselves for being unwell. We feel isolated, alone, stigmatized.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. A simple, yet critical shift in our mindset can change how we approach well-being and thus, change our lives in profound ways. Changing our mindset, and doing so in community, begins to build a bridge to working better as a system.

In this mini-course, we’ll explore:

  • Our modern mindset on emotional health
  • Where “mental health” happens: the mind and brain’s default mode, how it controls us, and how we can get better control over it
  • Intelligent systems of the body (the gut, nervous system, and connective tissue matrix) and how we can access them
  • Well-being as a systems issue (what this means, and what we can do about it)
  • Practical tools to “shake the system” you’re in


*This image above is The Connectome the whole-brain, real-time, dynamic imaging technique that offers a real-time picture of the way networks (think systems) of the brain communicate. The image (and inspiration for the name) have been generously approved by Bruce Rosen of Massachusetts General, who is a leading neuroscientist and collaborator in the Human Connectome Project.