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Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong | [Tim Cantopher]

Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 11-25-11
    Ronald Albury Cincinnati, OH USA 11-25-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Just what I needed"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    judith boca raton, FL, United States 08-17-11
    judith boca raton, FL, United States 08-17-11
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    "Excellent"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Duclos, QC, Canada 02-01-11
    Scott Duclos, QC, Canada 02-01-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book, terrible narrator"

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Adriana Briñoli 05-22-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Really helpful."
    Where does Depressive Illness rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It ranks very high among depressive illness-related books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is simple, concise and honest.


    What about Lynsey Frost???s performance did you like?

    I loved her voice and her accent.


    What did you learn from Depressive Illness that you would use in your daily life?

    I think I've got a good bunch of advice I'll use from now on.


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    Csilla GREENBELT, MD, United States 10-02-11
    Csilla GREENBELT, MD, United States 10-02-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Missing link"

    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.

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