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Beating Stress, Anxiety And Depression: Groundbreaking ways to help you feel better [Paperback]

Professor Jane Plant , Janet Stephenson
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1 May 2008
The epidemic of stress, anxiety and depression that is sweeping the Western world is accompanied by huge social, economic and personal costs. This accessible and groundbreaking book is designed to help sufferers, their families and health professionals. The authors, both former sufferers, argue that the medical profession's current approach is not working. They dispel the fear and prejudice surrounding mental illness and present a new, effective programme for dealing with stress, anxiety and depression. They describe the successes that they and others have achieved through new treatment methods. You will discover your risk factors and how to reduce them, how mental health problems can be diagnosed more effectively and how to ensure the best possible treatment. They go on to present the 10 lifestyle factors that affect the likelihood of developing anxiety and depression, and reveal the 10 food factors that can improve mental well-being. BEATING STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION is essential reading for sufferers and their families.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749928506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749928506
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 438,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I feel so much better and I intend to adhere to as many of the book's diktas as possible (ELLE HEALTH)

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One person in six suffers from depression and chronic anxiety. This book reveals better ways to diagnose and treat stress, anxiety and depression

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IT MAY SEEM STRANGE to begin a book about beating stress, anxiety and depression with the nursery rhyme that inspired the title of one of the most dark and controversial books about mental illness, but One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - and in particular the 1975 film version starring Jack Nicholson - has done a great deal to influence the public perception of mental illness. Read the first page
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This is an extremely helpful book, both for sufferers and their families, and also health professionals.
Janet and Jane have exposed a number of shortcomings of the conventional approaches of the medical and mental health services. They guide the individual towards seeking the best treatment in an easy to understand manner.
They expose the dangers of mis-diagnosis and inappropriate medication prescription and their experiences reveal the depths to which this can subject intelligent, professional people. Their stories do, however, show how it is possible (and necessary!) to obtain the correct advice and how important diet and therapy can be.
Peter N Ralph
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beating Stress, Anxiety and Depression 11 Nov 2008
This book is extremely comprehensive. There is something for everyone from sufferers, their families/friends, lay and health practitioners.

What I found particularly refreshing was the way the writers had explained the brain function (Chapter 3 - Mind Matters) in a clear (mostly) jargon free way, the importance of the talking therapies and the part that complementary therapies can contribute.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye-epener 19 Sep 2008
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This book came as a very welcome surprise to me and at just the right moment of my life.

I have long been impressed by Prof. Plant's work, and the thorough, painstaking research that goes into each of her books.

I have fought a long and so far remarkably successful battle against prostate cancer, and I credit my progress to finding Prof.Plant's own story of her struggle against breast cancer, in "Your Life In Your Hands", within days of my diagnosis in April 2005.

Early this year, in May 2008, I was feeling particularly 'down' and just could not fathom out why. Surely I would have had far more reason to be depressed in the first months of diagnosis, not now - at such a highpoint in my life; I had finished all cancer treatment.

As usual, the impatient patient that is me began trawling the internet for answers. I had already asked questions of my family doctor and my oncologist, but felt disatisfied with their responses and suggestions.
I felt there must be a biochemical reason why I was feeling so depressed and unable to cope. I wondered if there was some imbalance of hormones in my body.

I was amazed to discover that Jane Plant had written this book with Janet Stephenson and that both had suffered badly at one time with stress, anxiety and depression, yet had found a way to successfully combat the illness.

I read the book from cover to cover, and it certainly did open my eyes.
At last I could see clear reasons why I was feeling the way I did. There was nothing for me to be ashamed about - I hadn't suddenly became 'weak-willed' or lazy. There really WERE hormonal imbalances, and there really were possible solutions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book, full of real science 22 Sep 2008
apart from the slightly questionable review below I agree with everyone else i've ever met who read and used this book. Brilliant, helpful and different. If you think you've tried everything to fix your depression pr anxiety problems, try this! As a scientist myself I can only say that in my opinion this is one the most soundly scientifically based texts on mental health i've ever seen, as you would expect given the authors' credentials. You don't get a CBE for services to earth sciences for writing rubbish do you?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ground-breaking book 13 May 2008
This book tells it like it is - and gives a thorough assessment of the available - and what should be available - sources of help. The writers know their subject from the inside as well as being highly experienced in their fields. A must for sufferers from depression or anxiety and their families, and a wake-up call of interest to all working in this field.
Jenifer Littman MBE Chair The Wishing Tree Trust
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beating stress, anxiety and depression 20 Sep 2011
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I was diagnosed with Dysthymia earlier this year and have since been investigating this condition extensively.

This book breaks down the various accepted diagnosis' of depression in a comprehensive manner to enable the reader to gain a better understanding of it and has extensive information on all types. One of the reasons I began to read it was because of my diagnosis and wanting to increase my knowledge of it as until then I had never heard of it.

It is comforting to know that both the authors have been through the system of mental health and come out the other side which gives me hope for my own recovery. This book covers all aspects of depression and anxiety and discusses the current options for care available including antidepressant's, talking therapies, diet and its effect and the advances being made in neuroscience. This is very useful in giving the reader increased knowledge and information to enable them to discuss options of care.

The authors also discuss the shortcomings of the NHS Mental Health Service and give reasons in their opinion as to why this happens, for example, lack of funding and the proscrastination of transferring research into the clinical practice and why much of the care given and how diagnosis' are made is subjective.

In order to arm the reader with relevant information on depression and ideas to help themselves, I found this book is refreshing in its approach and it is one I would highly recommend.
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Published 1 month ago by tracie
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
very quick delivery. this book is worth a read if you are struggling with any of the subjects on the cover however some words used are enough to confuse some people and possibly... Read more
Published 13 months ago by donna morrison
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
This book was quite interesting but there are better ones on the market. Perhaps i was looking for a magic cure and dissapointed that i didntfind it.
Published 16 months ago by Steve G
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bought for me.
This book, was bought for my daughter.
She saw it in her local library and thought it was great. I looked it up on Amazon and liked the price, as always! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Liz MacDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars a great help
I bought this for my daughter as she was having problems with anxiety she said she found it very helpful
Published on 11 July 2011 by Mrs. Iris A. Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
I felt this book helped me understand a lot about stress and underlying causes. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone feeling low, stressed etc and Just not sure why... Read more
Published on 28 April 2011 by Rebecca Whitehouse
2.0 out of 5 stars Scientific skills are not easily transferrable
J Browne makes a good point about this book's scientific arguments. There is no robust data supporting the role of blood tests of neurotransmitter amines in the diagnosis of... Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2008 by P. Hardy
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome alternative to taking drugs
At last, a book that offers many alternatives to taking drugs - which deal with the symptoms, not the causes.This book impressed me by being well supported by scientific proof. Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2008 by Robin - practising counsellor
1.0 out of 5 stars Full Of Too Much False Pseudo Scientifics Arguments On Depression
How I heard about this Book was on the RTE Pat Kenny Radio Program it was been promoted by the Authors listeners were told about having a hormonal test for post natal depression... Read more
Published on 12 Sep 2008 by J. Browne
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