Mindful Expat, with Dana Nelson, Ph.D.
About This Show
Mindful Expat is a weekly podcast show designed for those living abroad to provide you with weekly guideposts for emotional wellbeing and resilience in your international life and to help you make the most of your inner and outer journeys. Living abroad presents us with unique challenges, but also equally unique opportunities for personal growth and development. Psychologist and expat counselor, Dana Nelson, Ph.D., shares insights on emotional wellbeing for overseas adventurers and brings you interviews with experts on topics related to intercultural relationships, Third Culture Kids (TCKs), mindfulness, self-compassion, emotional resilience, self-care, and personal growth.
Most Recent Episode
ME20: Shedding Some Light on Expat Depression
5 days ago
What you’ll hear in this episode: • We'll discuss what depression is, some factors that contribute to it, and why I think this is a particularly important issue for people living abroad. • We'll discuss some of the ways depression can be effectively treated and how you can connect with therapists in your area or online. • We'll discuss some alternatives to therapy and medication, such as exercise and mindfulness practice (surprise, surprise!), that can help with depression and be used alongside other treatment methods. • We'll talk about some of the common barriers to getting help while living overseas and how we can overcome these barriers. • I'll provide some additional resources for anyone struggling with depression or thoughts of self-harm or suicide (see below for links to these resources). Resources mentioned in this episode: • For more general information about depression, you can refer here or here. • If you're struggling with thoughts of harming yourself or ending your own life, please know that it's absolutely possible to get help and feel better. You can refer to the International Therapist Directory to locate a therapist near you or let me know if you're needing help finding someone. Additionally, if you feel that you are unable to keep yourself safe, here is a list of international suicide/crisis hotlines, where you can receive help and support over the phone. If you don't see a resource that applies to your local area, you can also call the general emergency number of your country (like 911 in the US or 112 anywhere in Europe) or take yourself to the nearest emergency room. For people living in France, you can also refer to this section of my website for more local resources. • The