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Tools for Depression – Pickup the Ball

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These resources do not take the place of professional treatment from a physician or health care professional.  We have simply assembled a number of resources that may provide useful tools and concepts that someone going through depression may find helpful.  Please consult your physician or health care professional before changing your diet, exercise routine, or any other aspect of your life that could impact your health.

The resources below were selected to assist in our research, and to provide you more tools to help you do more research yourself.  Our effort was to find as many resources that utilized scientific studies or explained uncontroversial biological functions to explain the particular function we were focusing on.  Sources that approach the topic from the point of view of looking for answers, not proving or disproving a particular viewpoint, we favored.  We do not own the rights to any of the material linked, and assume no responsibility for the contents therein.

Depression in General – these videos and articles are the most helpful general information about depression we have found.  Many of them discuss the specific approaches we list, such as exercise and social connection.

Understanding & Conquering Depression – Huberman Lab (2:02:03 run time)

Jordan Peterson’s Advice For People With Depression – YouTube (10:51 run time)

(How to overcome depression | Jordan Peterson and Lex Fridman – YouTube (8:26 run time)

Dr. Anna Lembke: “Your behavior will reset 100%” – YouTube (8:18)

Jordan Peterson: High-functioning depression & how to overcome misery – YouTube (12:39 run time)

Jordan Peterson: How To Deal With Depression | Powerful Motivational Speech – YouTube (49:45 run time)

How to recover from depression – YouTube (1:02:35 run time)

These DAILY HABITS Will Prime Your Brain To DESTROY Stress, Anxiety, & Depression | Tony Robbins – YouTube (1:05:33 run time)

Coping with Depression – (article)

Connection – these articles and videos explore the value of meaningful connections as a way to address depression.

Nikki Webber Allen: Don’t suffer from your depression in silence | TED Talk (6:26 runtime)

Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share | TED Talk (29:08 runtime)

How to Ask for Help When Depressed: 10 Ways | Psych Central (article)

Human Connection: Why It’s Important I Psych Central (article)

Social Media – These articles researched the connection between social media use and depression.

No More FOMO: Limiting Social Media Decreases Loneliness and Depression | Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology ( (article)

Full article: A systematic review: the influence of social media on depression, anxiety and psychological distress in adolescents ( (article)

Sunlight – these articles and videos discuss the importance of sunlight in managing mood.

Using Light (Sunlight, Blue Light & Red Light) to Optimize Health – Huberman Lab (2:23:43 runtime)

Dr. Samer Hattar: Timing Light, Food, & Exercise for Better Sleep, Energy & Mood – Huberman Lab (2:14:28)

Light Therapy for Depression: Natural Treatment for Depression – YouTube (13:23 runtime)

Defeating Depression Habits | Sun Exposure | ft. Psych2go Kevin – YouTube (2:10 runtime)

Sun Exposure Reduces Depression – YouTube (5:32 runtime)

Using Light for Health – Huberman Lab (article – toolkit)

Sleep – These articles and videos explain how sleep and depression are linked and provide some tools for getting better sleep.

Sleep Toolkit: Tools for Optimizing Sleep & Sleep-Wake Timing – Huberman Lab (1:41:55 runtime)

Sleep Linked to Depression – YouTube (2:26 runtime)

The Relationship Between Depression and Sleep – YouTube (1:24 runtime)

Sleeping Well at Night Can Ease Your Depression ( (article)

Exercise – these articles and videos explain the importance of nutrition in fighting depression.  Many of the videos in the “General” section above also mention this.

Exercise Treats Depression, here’s how! – YouTube (2:56 runtime)

Exercise and Depression: What Does the Science Say? ( (article)

Nutrition – these videos discuss the effect your diet has on depression.

The Shocking Effects of FOOD On Your Brain – YouTube (6:13 runtime)

Dr. Chris Palmer: Diet & Nutrition for Mental Health – Huberman Lab (3:03:41runtime, skip to 27:52)

Hidden Cause of Depression and Anxiety – Brain and Gut Connection – Dr. Berg – YouTube (4:34 runtime)

Diet and Depression: The SMILES Trial | Physicians Association for Nutrition – YouTube (5:17 runtime)

Alcohol – these articles and videos present scientific evidence of the effect of alcohol use on depression.

What Alcohol Does to Your Body, Brain & Health | Huberman Lab Podcast #86 – YouTube (2:02:02 runtime, skip to 30:07)

The Relationship Between Alcohol and Depression with Psychiatrist Dr. Paul Linde – YouTube (12:10 runtime)

Alcoholism & Depression | Alcoholism – YouTube (1:03 runtime)

Weed – these articles and videos present scientific evidence of the effect of marijuana use on depression.

The Effects of Cannabis (Marijuana) on the Brain & Body | Huberman Lab Podcast #92 – YouTube (2:47:37 runtime, skip to 2:18:13)

Is Marijuana Good for Depression? – YouTube (2:02 runtime)

​Cannabis and its effect on mental health – YouTube   (8:39 runtime, skip to 5:23)

The Effect of Cannabis/Marijuana on Mental Health and is it Addictive? – YouTube (5:14 runtime)

Purpose – in this video, Joe questions his guest about the true value of purpose in emerging from a depressive state.

Joe Rogan – Depression Isn’t a Chemical Imbalance? – YouTube (13:19 runtime)

Order – these videos discuss the potential power of bringing order to your life in helping with depression.

Decluttering Your Life: How Cleaning and Mental Health Are Connected | Dawn Potter, PsyD – YouTube (21:00 runtime)

CLEAN YOUR ROOM – Powerful Life Advice | Jordan Peterson – YouTube (8:18 runtime)

Please notify us of any broken links or any information that has been proven to be inaccurate.