Debbie HamptonDebbie Hampton joins YSPM host Kristin Maxwell to share powerful self-help tips around recovering from depression and anxiety. Now an author and inspirational educator, Debbie shares how she learned to direct and control her thoughts, develop resilience, and ultimately change her brain through the power of neuroplasticity. Listen in as Debbie and Kristin discuss processes for creating a brain-healthy lifestyle and transforming negative thoughts, behaviors, and emotions.

Hi everyone, welcome to Your SuperPowered Mind, I’m your host Kristin Maxwell, and in this show, we explore the process of transformation, and give you tools and strategies you can use to transform your own life.

Today we are going to be talking to Debbie Hampton about the ultimate self-help tips, how to overcome depression and anxiety. Debbie Hampton recovered from decades of unhealthy thinking and depression, a suicide attempt, and resulting brain injury to become an inspirational and educational writer on the brain, psychological, emotional, and mental health issues. She’s written for companies such as Huffington Post, mindbodygreen, and others. She’s the author of two books, Sex, Suicide and Serotonin, and Beat Depression and Anxiety by Changing Your Brain.

Debbie now teaches others how to rebuild their brains, and lives to find joy. Debbie, welcome to Your SuperPowered Mind.

Thank you, Kristin, I’m glad to be here.

I’m so glad you’re here. My first question is always, what super power did you uncover as a result of mastering your mind?

I changed my world by changing my perspective, which in turn actually changes your brain

I changed my world by changing my perspective, which in turn actually changes your brain.

The super power that I discovered was number one, that I could control my mind. Maybe I was naïve, but I never really even realized that until I was later in life, in my 40s, that I could control my mind, and it didn’t control me. And the super power that came from that was, I learned that I got to create my reality, we all do, not in some fictional, illusory way, but your brain actually has a lot of subjective content when it interprets whatever happens.

And we have some control over that subjective content, and if we don’t use that control, that content is made up of our wounds and our hurts from the past, and we see the world through that, but we all have a conscious choice as to what filter we see the world through. And that was my super power, I changed my world by changing my perspective, which in turn actually changes your brain.

Wow, you just said about a million life-changing things, realizations, right in there. That concept that what our reality is, is a reflection of how we are interpreting what’s happening to us, and the idea that we see the world through the perspective of our hurts and our past unless we consciously change that. And that you get to create your reality. That’s a lot, you have a lot of super powers.

Well, I like to it to Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, where I have on the ruby slippers, we all do. The whole time, and never even realized it, we’re all born with these super powered brains, but we never bother to read their users manual and learn how to operate it, and when we do, it changes our lives. But we all can.

Wow, perfect, and I so am wanting to get into some of what you teach people, about how to learn how to operate your brain, but you could tell the listeners a little bit about your background because you do know depression and anxiety from your past.