If you suffer from depression you are not alone – it affects 15.5 million in the US, and more than 3 million in the UK – and, you are much stronger than you think. This best-selling book, written by a leading consultant psychiatrist, explains that people with depression do battle with pressures and stresses that other people would run away from, until their bodies can take no more. In this book, depression is placed authoritatively as a physical illness, from which recovery is possible.
Dr Cantopher provides a comprehensive, accessible overview of depressive illness, guiding the reader through the nature of depression, its history, symptoms, causes and treatments, as well as myths along the way. Warm and supportive, this new edition, which also includes the latest on medications, stresses that sufferers should not blame themselves, but can take hope from the fact that there is meaning in their illness, and that getting better is a real option.
Generously supplied with illuminating anecdotes and insights, it has specific advice on how to read the book if you are currently unwell, as well as valuable information for carers, medical professionals, or anyone interested in this destructive illness which is set to become the second biggest health burden in the world after heart disease.
©2006 Sheldon Press (P)2010 Summersdale Publishers Ltd
"In the battle to beat depression, this book represents the definitive weapon." (Ruth Lavery, DEPEND)
"This book should be read by everybody but especially by those who are affected by depression, whether they be carer, medical professional or just someone interested in this destructive illness… It offers invaluable insight into depression and promotes a level of self-awareness, which if heeded could keep many of us a lot healthier." (Depression Alliance)
This was the third book on depression I listened to. After the first two failures I didn't hold out much hope. I guess the third time is the charm.
This book was exactly what I needed to come to grips with my depression and to plot my own way out. There are many different types of depression, and this book directly addressed the source of my problem.
Depression is lonely and scary and feels like it will never end. It colors everything we say or do. But this book helped me gain insight into what had caused my depression, and how my very struggles against depression were making things worse. This book changed my attitude, and was the genesis of my recovery.
I found the book informative and entertaining. The advice it proposes, however, seems to be based on a presumption that has never been proven -- at least not in the book. Examples are: keep stress to a minimum, keep tasks short, etc, but there is no proof, in fact, that the chemical imbalance in depression is caused by stress, only that the two co-occur. I'll listen to a few chapters again and try to follow the logic closer.
A simple, understandable book. Just follow the directions, play it over and over again, absorb what Dr Cantopher is saying and you will feel vastly improved. I was surprised at how much this book helped me....and I was determined to get better, and I did!
Some good concepts and research, but the narrator is very annoying to listen to. Would be worth listening to if you can stand the voice.
I like the book overall because it describes what the victims of the illness can do to help themselves.
The chapters describing all the different meds kind of bored me even though i agree with the need for them.
Overall, excellent book.
It ranks very high among depressive illness-related books.
It is simple, concise and honest.
I loved her voice and her accent.
I think I've got a good bunch of advice I'll use from now on.
"Excellent book, narration questionable I feel"
The content of this work is very strong, the information is solid and the author clearly knows his stuff. This is a very helpful book for anyone suffering with this disorder: for the book itself I would give five stars.
This being said I find the delivery from this narrator irritating to the nth degree - overly dramatised and insincere to my ear - I have ordered a new paperback copy as I am not going to be able to listen through to the end without having a major relapse.
I am sure that Lynsey Frost would be great with different material, but don't feel that she is playing to her strengths with this one - tries too hard and overly dramatic for such a publication. However this is just my opinion and others may well disagree. My fault I should have listened to a preview first!
Overall: great content and if you like this narration then a good investment.
I have the book, it is a really interesting book, and I find it hard to find time to read it. Decided that the Audio version, would allow me to listen to it at times when I am doing practical stuff, but is not practical to read a book, such as whilst I am sewing, knitting, walking the dog, shopping, cleaning and driving to work.
I just find Lynsey Frost too "Davina McCall". Why does anything science related now needs to be presented to the masses as if they are incapable of understanding unless it is introduced with the enthusiasm of a Crufts Agility Dog!!! I feel as she is reading a Noddy Story - I would be less distracted if she read slightly more slowly and with less glee. Not sure how long I will be able to listen to this.
Shame - hard to find time to read and the audio version is frustrating.
"Amazing Book, Appalling Narration"
It says something about the valuable information
covered in this book that I was willing to listen to
it, despite the really terrible narration.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING WHEN THEY CHOSE THIS
I have actually contacted the publishers to request
that they reissue the audiobook with a different
The current one has an overly dramatic, almost
sarcastic style, which makes her sound like she is
doing some kind of standup comedy routine - but
without the laughs. It sounds almost she is mocking
the listener at points. Very very off putting.
Nevertheless, the book is wonderful, a must-read for
anyone whose life has been affected by clinical
depression. I have read sooo many books on the
subject, but this one stands out. I have always
believed my ongoing struggle with depression meant
that I was a fragile, weak, unresilient person,
doomed to fail at life. This book has changed my
perspective completely, and I think will mark a
milestone in my long-term recovery and management.
I can't recommend it highly enough. But I have also
ordered it in paperback, and the minute it arrives,
I will stop listening to the audiobook.....
Yes - not however this audio version.
The content of this book is most valuable to someone trying to find out exactly why they became so vulnerable. It may become part of the fabric that essentially ends your depressive illness too.
It's feels good to be recognised.
I found the narrators voice and tone condescending at times. Not what is needed, particularly if you need this book. But then, that may be my general anxiety disorder kicking in!
I would much prefer this book to be read by the author. I have heard him on the radio a few times over the years, and found his passion for this subject infectious. Ultimately what brought me here was the manner with which he spoke.
Personally, I wish I had invested in a hard-copy.
"Good book, difficult to like narration"
A different narrator - her manner is somehow all wrong for this book, which I have read and enjoyed
The topic is well covered, common sense style, really helpful
Maybe she's just not my cup of tea. I found her arch and not in tune with the content
Read the book instead, it's only a short one and it's very good
I found this book really helpful and it was written in a way that made me feel a lot better about my depression.
I didnt have any issue with the narration and I actually quite liked the uptempo nature of her delivery.
I really recommend this audio book, or the paper copy if you prefer. Either way its really helped me and is definitely worth a listen.
"Patronising and unhelpful"
The perky, patronising reader jars incredibly, especially on those who are reading this book seeking help. The book blames parents and tells depressives to feel guilty, your depression is all your fault. I would not recommend.
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