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My Review of Dr. Martin Russell’s Self-Help Meeting

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

This is something for everyone. A diagnosis is not a prerequisite for Dr. Russell’s Self-Help Meeting at He is a medical doctor who has counseled people through a variety of problems such as depression, anxiety, eating problems, sleeping problems, etc.

He calls himself “a doctor of last resort,” and after going through his Self-Help Meeting, I can see why. Dr. Russell will not give you all the pat answers for your problem if you pick up the standard doctors’ office pamphlet for “Problem XYZ.” His approach is best if you have already tried all the pat answers, done all your homework and research, and still need help.

That was my particular case. I was trying to make a decision about a new direction I wanted to take in my life. I had three pages full of notes with analysis, pros and cons, looking at my strengths and weakness, what has worked and what hasn’t worked… trying to make sense of it all and come to a decision about a course of action.

The really cool thing about the Self-Help Meeting is that you listen to it and watch it on your computer screen. I was poised ready with my notes, and more paper and pencil in hand. I took another six pages worth of notes while listening to Dr. Russell talk.

At the end of the presentation, I began to feel a plan of action taking shape in my mind. It was late at night so I went to sleep while musing about the things I had just heard. When I woke up the next morning, I knew what I wanted to do.

In addition to recommending Dr. Russell’s Self-Help Meeting, I also recommend his blog. I have been reading it for a month, and I am constantly amused and intrigued by his way of looking at things. He has recently written a couple of posts about depression: Self-Help Options for Depression, and Self Help Exercise for Depression . I promise you will be surprised by his take on Quick Fixes.

By the way, Dr. Russell, if you are reading this, I like that you put a face to your name and words recently on your blog.