My original book on depression, The CommonSense Guide to Depression, has sold more than 30,000 copies since it was first published. This is a new edition of that book. The new title reflects a change in my understanding of depression over the past ten years and also the development of a new approach to preventing the recurrence of depression, based on the practice of mindfulness. I believe that this new thinking on depression offers a more complete map for your recovery. This book shows you the practical steps you can take to lift your mood; helps you listen to what depression may be trying to teach you about your life; and gives you a way to be with yourself when you feel most vulnerable. It is possible for any human being to lose their way , but it is equally possible for any human being to find their way . I hope this book supports and strengthens your recovery by showing that you have the inner strength to come through depression. Tony Bates. While intended primarily as a guide to recovery for anyone who is experiencing depression, this book is also written with the relatives and friends of that person in mind, hoping they can make sense of what can be a difficult experience to grasp from the outside . Understanding the journey through depression by all who are affected can act as a bridge between people who feel isolated by depression and those who care about them.