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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 (304 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,425 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

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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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413 of 415 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We shall overcome 6 April 2009
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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
By Shirlz VINE VOICE
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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 worse....you just need to pull yourself together....cheer yourself up....snap out of it.....get on with it....you 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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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spearhead against a Deadly Myth 23 Nov 2010
By Patrick Lye VINE VOICE
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Irony has such a sick sense of humour...

Depression is seen as a weakness
It is seen to affect those who quit easily
Those who are strong, determined, hard-working and who have a strong will appear to be the least likely to get it
Such people loathe the term 'depression' and would refuse to accept such a title
In fact, such people would fight tooth-and-nail to combat depression

And yet... they are the very people that depression hits hardest...

It is fortunate that we have people like Dr Tim Cantopher fighting the corner of those with depression. In his very well-titled book, he launches a succinct, yet direct attack against the deadly myths which not only perpetuate this crippling disease... but in fact worsen it.

The truth is, he reveals, that depression is not a result of slacking or weakness... quite the contrary... it is a result of pushing yourself too far. It's a result of being too hard working, too strong-willed and too determined to take everything on your own shoulders. He casts a highly unusual light onto this deadly illness - that it comes as a result of strength. How weird it feels... after spending so long viewing depression as a sign of falling behind - that it's actually a result of pushing too far forward. This alone is profound. Suddenly it removes the stigma which causes so many people to run away from it. It comforts them saying "Yes, you're unwell... but this is a result of you working too hard"

Think of it like flooding an electronic product too far, and the fuse goes. It is the same here. Infact, depression could be thought of as a 'Blown Fuse Syndrome'

I really cannot recommend this book enough. It is one of the few titles that doesn't paint depression as a problem to be 'fought'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value fast service
As described. Good value fast service. Would recommend
Published 2 days ago by Billy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was recommended to me by my GP, really interesting read.
Published 4 days ago by Helen Tofield
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Realy helpful
Published 8 days ago by Anthony Lever
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you only read one book on depression make it this one
Published 9 days ago by Jill Jackson
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 15 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 17 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 22 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Mrs. M. Hargreaves
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