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042: Gordon Corsetti | Using Mental Agility to Overcome Depression
Episode 426th September 2021 • Purpose Through Pain • Joseph James
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To tackle mental health issues, you need a strategy. This could be talking to a therapist, doing inner work, visualizing, but regardless, there needs to be a strategy. When in the middle of a mental health crisis, it can be hard to see clear and create that strategy. This is where Gordon Corsetti comes in. 

Gordon has come a long way in his mental health journey and uses what he’s learned to help educate kids and adults with their struggles with stress, anxiety, resentment, and worthlessness. He speaks to the unique human ability to change our minds and show how to use tools to acompish that change. 

Gordon is an author, public speaker, and advocate for suicide prevention and mental health awareness, writing regularly on his website He speaks to the uniquely human ability to change our minds and shows how to use tools to accomplish that change. 

While “tough it out” is fantastic advice for someone who already knows what to do and has the ability to do it, Gordon believes that it is impractical and dangerous advice to those with no idea what they are doing.

Whether you have a diagnosed mental illness or are just facing the stresses of everyday life, tune in to hear about Gordon’s experience with depression, self-harm, anti-depressants, and therapy, and learn how you can start taking action today.

On This Episode:

  • Gordon’s struggle with depression growing up with good parents and a good childhood
  • The impact of having a predisposition for mental illness
  • Planning his first suicide attempt and the friend who changed the course of his life
  • Gordon’s brutal cycle with anti-depressants
  • How he started working with his depression instead of rebelling against it
  • The human stress response and why it is not designed for the ongoing stresses we experience today
  • The power of visualization and learning how to be content
  • Mental agility vs. mental toughness
  • Action steps to keep moving forward when dealing with stress, anxiety, and overwhelm

Key Takeaways:

  • Depression isn’t usually something you just wake up with one day. It’s a slow and insidious process. 
  • Never underestimate the power of simply asking someone, “How can I help?”
  • Listen to your doctor when they tell you not to quit your anti-depressants cold turkey.
  • The human mind has a significant ability to adapt.
  • Don’t judge yourself for not being at 100% every day.

Tweetable Moments:

  • “We exist on a spectrum of behaviors.” - Gordon Corsetti
  • “If you don’t sleep well, you’re screwed long-term. Nobody operates well off of a lack of sleep.”  - Gordon Corsetti
  • “Pain teaches if you’re willing to be a student.” - Gordon Corsetti

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