Like heart disease, says psychotherapist Richard O'Connor, depression is fueled by complex and interrelated factors: genetic, biochemical, environmental. In this refreshingly sensible book, O'Connor focuses on an additional factor often overlooked: our own habits. Unwittingly we get good at depression. We learn how to hide it, how to work around it. We may even achieve great things, but with constant struggle rather than satisfaction. Relying on these methods to make it through each day, we deprive ourselves of true recovery, of deep joy and healthy emotion.
Undoing Depression teaches us how to replace depressive patterns with a new and more effective set of skills. We already know how to "do" depression - and we can learn how to undo it. With a truly holistic approach that synthesizes the best of the many schools of thought about this painful disease, O'Connor offers new hope - and new life -f or sufferers of depression.
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I cried at a few different spots in this book. "THAT'S ME! THAT"S ME! THAT'S ME!" and "YES OF COURSE!......"
This is a must read for anyone depressed or if a loved one is depressed. It gives you proven tools and things you can do TODAY to get better. It explains depression very well and I learned a lot of things that I didn't know before hand. I learned about characteristics of myself that were related to my depression that I had no idea were related.
The narrorator (who happens to be the author) is very easy to listen too.
I have suffered from severe depression for 10 years and this book gave me new HOPE and EMPOWERMENT!
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE if you do or even think you might suffer from depression get this book. It might save your life.
I very highly recomend this excellent book to anyone who is suffering from depression or, has close friends or family with this illness. This book is so well nariated that it is very easy to digest. It is so easy to listen to and very hard to turn off for a nap. What makes this book so entertaining & enlightening is that the author himself is also a sufferer and he has many years in medical experience working with so many patients having varying degrees of depression that the book is totally believable. You can actually feel the sincerity & compassion in the authors voice as he so tenderly reads. Very well done. I am in debt to this kind person. wagnernd
The title of this book is a little misleading. This book is best for someone who is working or living with someone depressed. I'd also recommend this book to individuals who are interested in majoring in psychology/psychiatry.
Yes, this book would be an excellent supplemental book. I'd like O'Conner to provide a book that directly caters to depressives. He intertwines great techniques, but it is done in an indirect manner. For example, O'Conner provides an ample amount of information from medical research, but doesn't provide direct information on HOW to accomplish positive results in an organized or step by step manner. A workbook or a reference book would be great way to resolve this problem. I'd love to see O'Conner provide a book the specifically provides direct steps to assist depressives with meditation, exercise techniques, diet, defective thought processes, interacting with others etc.
Gives you a reason for every feeling you feel and you discover that it is normal.
No, I have not.
It gave me tremendous insight.
I would really recommend it to anyone fighting with depression. It is really effective.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
If you're clinically depressed right now, seek professional treatment and save this book for when there's light at the end of the tunnel. It's great, really it is. Chock full of information about your condition, yes. Will teach you loads about your mind, how to shape your behavior, your emotions, change your life. Because we depressives have learned to adapt to life improperly.
But we need to get out of the despair FIRST. BEFORE we can do ANYthing about it. This book admits as much. There are many, many times a chapter, or several chapters are prefaced with, "Now that your depression is under control..."
This is a really good book, and I'm glad I've read it. I've lost decades to depression. But I'm really glad I didn't try to read/listen to it when I was in the depths. It would've made me feel so much worse, like it was easier for others and that maybe I just wasn't trying hard enough...
The book seemed like an extended coaching-therapy session. I particularly enjoyed hearing it in the author's voice which seemed particularly authentic and encouraging. The words and advice here are helpful for anyone, with great life insights that can help make the most out of every moment of our lives.
This book is an excellent source and reference to understanding depression. The author writes in a way that is easy for anyone to understand and empathize with. This book opened my eyes.
Skills to understand others and to have an open mind towards depression.
I purchased both the audible and ebook after stumbling across excerpts from this book on a google search that almost exactly explained myself and how I have been feeling and acting throughout life. I felt so understood and was curious about how to improve my situation. But first I needed to understand....and this is the book that helped me with that first step.
I liked the fact that this book talks about options other than meds for depression.
Yes. For those who are or have been depressed, this is a very important book. One that merits careful study. Given the depth of this presentation, both reading and listening to this book is probably required to truly understand and take in this book.
On the question of the author's presentation I am biased toward author read books. It takes a while to get used to Dr. O'Connor's presentation - but clearly he believes in what and knows what he is saying. These facets shine through again and again.
Great in that the author has had his rough moments and shared them. I can tell he understands depression, and didn't just get his knowledge from a classroom. Training, yes, but knowledge, no. The level he had only comes from walking it.
Furthermore, he has a great amount of compassion that comes across in listening to this book. It has such great detail, there is no way to get it in one listen, even if you repeatedly go back 30 seconds to hear the nuggets of info like I did.
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