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Depressive illness-curse of the strong [Paperback]

Dr. Tim Cantopher
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21 April 2006
If you suffer from depression you are not alone - it affects 15.5 million in the U.S., and more than 3 million in the U.K. - 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. '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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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sheldon Press; Revised edition edition (21 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859699749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859699747
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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

About the Author

Dr. Tim Cantopher is Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director at the Priory Hospital, Woking. He has published extensively in academic research and is writing another book for Sheldon Press, Stress-Related Illness

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410 of 412 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We shall overcome 6 April 2009
Pull yourself together, just pick yourself up and get on with it, what could possibly be wrong with you, there are far worse off people in the world and they're not depressed !! I've had all these things said to me while I literally fought to stay alive. And the battle to survive is no exaggeration for depression is a life threatening illness. Depression is a lonely isolated place where the inhabitants just waste away with the life being sucked out of them by this most horrid of illnesses.

Tim Cantopher has a fine book here he purports that depression almost exclusively strikes a particular type of person and that is the morally strong, reliable, diligent but vulnerable to criticism and sensitive types. So what happens to this type of person when they become depressed ? They try to work their way out of it and continually beat themselves up for feeling the way they feel. How does Cantopher visualise a recovery ? Rest, take the time off your body needs to heal, you wouldn't try walking on a broken leg so treat your mind in a similar fashion. Depression takes away our energy so accept that we can't do the things we once could or attain the same high standards. Lets not be hard on ourselves, we need rest to aid our progress. And we will make progress however slow it may seem, gradually we will get back on track.

This is one of the better books I've read on depression, it's clear, concise and easily digested which is essential when concentration levels are down. The chapter on recovery is fantastic and the advice given throughout is excellent. The only negative for me was the author's remarks on anti-depressants, he appeared a little dogmatic and would give no time to those who have reservations about taking medication with such a wide ranging list of potential side affects.
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186 of 187 people found the following review helpful
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This book is the single most informative, eye-opening and shockingly revealing information I have ever read about depression. The information Dr Cantopher provides should be taught in senior schools, to medical professionals and even published in tabloids (using his words, not theirs though). Some GPs really need to read this book.

Understanding the illness is the only way to accept it, learn and move forward, and that is exactly what this book is about - teaching you the facts of depression and destroying the myths that most people hold about the illness - `anti-depressants are addictive, they are bad for you, they make you just need to pull yourself together....cheer yourself up....snap out of it.....get on with are just being weak, you need to be stronger.... We don't realise; neither do those who are trying to be helpful; that Depression is a physical illness. Yes - a PHYSICAL illness. "It is every bit as physical as pneumonia or a broken leg". In depression, the bit that's broken is called the `Limbic System'. The book explains very eloquently how and why this is a physical illness, the physical symptoms experienced and why it needs to be treated as such.

Ready for the next big shock: - only STRONG people are at risk of developing depression. This physical illness does not develop out of the blue, or caught like a cold; it develops after prolonged periods of pushing yourself too hard, and/or experiencing a major life-event or series of life-events. Everyone who has had, or will have depression shares something in common - a conscientious personality, with a drive to keep going and never giving up.
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145 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I needed this book! 17 Nov 2004
I have suffered from depression for more years than I care to remember, and was diagnosed 8 years ago. Having read a lot of books about the subject, this is the first one that makes me feel truly "understood". The books told me something I knew, but needed to hear again, like:
Depression is an illness that can be cured.
While it can be triggered by events and psychological factors, depression is essentially a biochemical imbalance.
The difference between clinical depression and "having a bad time" or "feeling blue".
Taking anti-depressants is not an "easy way out", it`s the first step in reclaiming your life.
The book also told me things I didn`t know, like:
Depression typically happens to people with strong characters, people who are very responsible and caring towards others.
Why it`s crucial to give yourself time to heal (so good to know, when you feel guilty about not being able to socialize, go to work etc.). Like the author says: The reason you don`t want to do these things, is that somewhere you know that it will hurt you, not help you, when even getting out of bed is a challenge.
Ways to prevent future episodes by identifying individual triggers, learning to care for yourself and not take on more than you can deal with (actually becoming more selfish!).
Besides being a sufferer, I`m also a psychologist, and I`ll recommend this book to all clients suffering from clinical depression. I really like the way the author "speaks to me": With a sense of humour, a down to earth approach and never condescending. He sound like the psychiatrist from heaven!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The best overview, and inside-view, I've ever gotten into the subject: very helpful! Thanks for writing it Tim! e
Published 4 days ago by E. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
Completed the book in 2 nights - I'm certain I'll be reading the book again many times.Very informative,honest and helpful. I suggest every GP in the UK reads this book.
Published 7 days ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I am not suffering with deprecion but have been for nearly two years now with anxiety disorder and can understand how people with depressive illness feel. Read more
Published 11 days ago by magdalena
5.0 out of 5 stars Depressive illness
This book is different. It has been a wonderful help with so much information and an easy read. I can't recommend more highly.
Published 22 days ago by wendy c
2.0 out of 5 stars not good enough
there are much better books on depression out there see the noonday demon This reads like a teenager has written it,a very flimsily written book don't waste your money
Published 25 days ago by N. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Insightful Brilliant
I have suffered from depressive illness for over 9 years and wish I had read this book a long time ago.
Published 27 days ago by Mrs. M. Hargreaves
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone who has or lives with Depression
The only book I have come across that is actually helpful and informative. It explains depression in a clear and simple way. A great help
Published 1 month ago by Rick Trivett
5.0 out of 5 stars incredibly helpful
This is an amazing, insightful book on depression. I was sceptical of self help books in the past but this is of a different calibre. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Reilly
4.0 out of 5 stars Help With Depression.
This book is very helpful for those suffering from depression. It is extremely informative for family and friends who are trying to understand and help.
Published 1 month ago by beesknees
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book
Because it is very informative and easy to read no medical terminology. Was recomended to me when i was on a depression course.
Published 1 month ago by Jeannie Ghezzi
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