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Is Depression Caused Just By Being Lazy? Is It Biological? sticky icon

Depression Is As Biological As Diabetes, Say Medical Experts

Biological Problems Need Biological Answers

To Treat Depression Without Medication Is Like Refusing Medication To A Diabetic

That Invites Disaster

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Depression is as biological as asthma, diabetes, migraine headaches or a heart attack.  All can over time lead to brain damage.

Permanent brain damage.

People who say depression is just from being lazy, bad character, or crazy thinking are ignorant of the facts.

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Here Is A List Of Topics For Talks By Dr. Jensen!

Gut Feelings May Be More Important Than We Thought.... sticky icon

New Concept Isn't Proven

But Gut Bacteria Seem To Help Or Hurt The Brain!

Probiotics Might Help!

Concept Still Unproven!

by Harris Jensen, MD
Editor, Good Day Journal

I'm open to new ideas, but they have to pass the rigor of solid scientific testing.  Here is an idea that bacteria, active in processing vitamins and other molecules our brains need, can help or hurt our brains.

Not a new idea

But new research is shedding new light on what bacteria are good for us, and how to get more of them in our gut.

Bioidentical Hormones Can Help Battle Depression Caused By Hormone Imbalances sticky icon

Kenton Bruice, MD Explains The Reasons For Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Many times in menopause there are both "flashes" of physical symptoms and emotional symptoms.  Suddenly a woman can get to feeling hot, or break out into a sweat, and within hours can have "flashes" of anger, anxiety or depression.

All because of "hormone imbalances."

The problem becomes then, what hormone is out of balance?

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Librivox Offers Free Audio Books

Great Free Stress Managment!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Many people have told me that audio books have become a new way for them to manage stress.  To listen to books takes the stress out of a long drive to work, rests the mind after work, and feeds ones intellectual curiosity.

But they cost alot too! is a great site for audio books that has a reasonable membership cost.

Fort Collins Psychiatrist Shares Research On Mental Resilience! sticky icon

Dr. Henry Emmon's research shows mental resilience can be learned!

Get smarter and tougher through meditation and healthy living!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Henry Emmons is one of those guys you can't help but like.  At a conference in Estes Park, Colorado last summer people lined up 10 people deep for him to sign one of his books.   OK, I was one of those people too. "Chemistry of Calm," and "Chemistry of Joy" are two excellent books about how healthy living and meditation can help heal the mind.

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Fort Collins Psychiatrist Shares New Science

On How Prozac Beats Back Depression!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

Prozac does some amazing things.  It can stop depression cold in its tracks...but that can take four weeks.  Still it is amazing.  One molecule affecting the mind...and just how does it do that?  How does it help reverse the chemical imbalance of depression and give people their life back?

Joel Yager pointed out the following article in Journal Watch:

Fort Collins Psychiatrist Offers Free Music Video! sticky icon

Nature Music Video Helps People Learn Meditation!

Let The Peace Of Nature Become Part Of Your Life!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

This morning Long's Peak had a mantle of white but the warm morning sun was a reminder that winter's here...but spring is coming!

To celebrate that, I've added a video, "Spring Comes To The Mountains," as an attachment at the end of this article.  Just click the attachments link to get to it, or go to the Free Stuff Tab above and to the left, and click that, and it will be on the list of attachments to that article, or click this link:

The video features my wildlife photography and music by jazz great Mark Sloniker, from right here in Fort

Collins.  For more of his music see this link:  Mark is a great fan of meditation and mindfulness, I'll vouch for that!  He's taught me a lot about that.

What is the advantage of this video?

You can download it to your computer and use it to practice meditation.  Just listen and look at it. Don't add anything to your experience by using words to think about it.  Life would be alot less stressful if we could take some "breaks" during the day to do just this.  Be in the moment.   Yes we have to think about what we are doing during the day, but we don't have to do that all day, without stop, relentlessly burning ourselves out.

It is important to slow down, pace yourself, and take breaks periodically throught the day, so you can stay on top of your game, whether your at work or at school or at home!

With this, or other videos, or instrumental music or nature sound audio files like "The Power Of Spring" audio file on the free stuff page, you can practice this mindfulness training too.

Just look and listen.  Don't add a layer of emotionality to what you are experiencing.  Keep the words out of your head.  Just let the sights and sounds wash over you.  You've let the peace of nature come into your mind.

Have a good day!


Greeley Area Psychiatrist Gives Away Free Stress Manament Book sticky icon

"The Power Over Stress" Teaches Stress Managment

Strategies That Help Fight Negative Thinking

It's Free On The Free Stuff Page That Is Getting More Than 20 Page Hits Per Day! Download it and share it with your friends by email!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

I checked the hit count on The Free Stuff Page this morning.  We got 10 inches of snow, I had several patients who couldn't make their visit, so I visited my web site...and surprise!  I saw The Free Stuff page got 2,449 page hits in the past 90 days.  Wow, and the hits come from people all over the world.  In the past, I've seen hits come from Europe, England, and countries all over the world including Brazil, as well as from all over the US. 

One item people check out there is the free book, "The Power Over Stress."  It is Book 1 in the list of attachments at the free stuff page at this link:

I thought I'd review that little book so people can know a little more about it.

Positive thinking is very weak, actually. The book is about optimism. When people are optimistic they hope for the best...and anticipate the worst and are ready for it, and ready to learn from it. That is different than just, simply, "hoping for the best."

Where I grew up, in North Dakota, people were often positive thinkers or pessimists.  The positive thinkers had read, sometimes, The Power Of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale.  That is a good book, and teaches people to also anticipate problems, with rational thinking and prayer.  I'm all for that.

But as a teen I'd lapsed into being pessimistic.  I looked at problems as being bigger than me, so I didn't believe in myself.

Then I met John Curtis.  He was my camp director at 15, a perfect gentleman and head of 20 staff members at Metigoshe Scout Camp.  And an optimist by nature.  Just the antidote for my pessimism.

That is where this book picks up.  I wrote it after taking pictures around the Scout Camp.  I went back to visit the camp with Professor Curtis and remenisce about the "good old days", and so I included pictures from that trip in the book.

I owe so much to the good professor!  I hope those who read the book get something out of it and learn that special kind of magic that optimistic thinking has for those who practice it.

(Here is a picture of me at my office on a warmer day)




Loveland Area Psychiatrist Talks About Treating Depression sticky icon

Positive Thinking Boosts The Impact Of Medication

For Treating Depression

Read Here To Get The Inside Edge On Optimism!

by Harris Jensen, MD

Editor, Good Day Journal

I see people from a wide area in Colorado and Wyoming, and find medication often needs a little help from positive thinking.

Then medication often doesn't stop working!  Many people complain their medications for depression "wear off," but I then ask, "When did that happen?" and "What was happening in your life then?"