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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Acheron Press; 1 edition (15 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956035345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956035349
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 1.3 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Neel Burton is a psychiatrist, philosopher, writer, and wine-lover who lives and teaches in Oxford, England.

He is the recipient of the Society of Authors' Richard Asher Prize, the British Medical Association's Young Authors' Award, and the Medical Journalists' Association Open Book Award.

www.neelburton.com

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...this book is a comprehensive, sympathetic, and thought-provoking guide for those who want to explore their depression in more depth and who are motivated to make long-term changes in their ways of thinking and their lifestyle. It can also be recommended to carers of people with depression and to junior doctors in psychiatry. --The British Journal of Psychiatry, April 2011

Practical, concise, [this book] does not overwhelm the reader and can be re-read and used as a 'what can I do now?' guide for those affected themselves or carers. The book brings understanding and encourages independent solutions. It is remarkable in its shortness and practicality. Pragmatic yet empathetic. --The British Medical Association

About the Author

Dr Neel Burton is a psychiatrist and philosopher who lives and teaches in Oxford, England. He is the recipient of the Society of Authors Richard Asher Prize, the British Medical Association's Young Authors' Award, and the Medical Journalists' Association Open Book Award. His other books include 'The Art of Failure' and 'The Meaning of Madness', both also with Acheron Press.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mandy on 19 Feb 2011
Format: Paperback
Having read quite a few books on the subject of depression and how to identify and cope with it, the title of this one immediately intrigued.
'Growing from Depression' is an idea that not many would think of as a possibility, looking more for a reset to their previous selves than a wholly altered new being, who has chosen to benefit from their suffering.
It is a reasonably short book but packs a lot of information into many chapters and covers a wide range of facets that explain the illness clearly. It goes into good detail (a chapter devoted to each) on how each facet affects the sufferer and how to control these to help the condition overall.
Of special interest was the break down of the Mental Health services that are run by the NHS and what is available in terms of general support and how a depressed patient is assessed for treatment. This information is not so easy to get from other sources, and in such a well defined way, so this was very useful to have.
It is written in such a way that it is easy to understand and helpful to those both simply looking to understand the condition and to overcome it either in themselves or someone they know.
Particularly good is a chapter on how to cope as a carer of someone with depression, although a little short. perhaps this could be a next book for Dr Burton?
The viewpoint of the book overall seeks to challenge many stereotypes of depressed people and refers to them repeatedly in a more positive sense using words such as s 'noble' and 'courageous'. Repeatition is used in case we don't get the message the first or second time (particularly a problem if the person reading the book is the sufferer) and refreshingly, psychotic symptoms are not shyed away from nor stigmatised.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lynn on 25 May 2011
Format: Paperback
This is one of those books that repeats the same simplistic materials that can be found anywhere and that you've probably heard dozens of times already. For someone who's actually never thought of eating healthy food, taking some exercise, or doing something that they enjoy as a way of feeling better, swathes of this book may be a revelation... But most of us have heard this stuff so often (in magazines or in platitudes from acquaintances) that we've become immune, so I was hoping the author would reach a little deeper. There is a lot of repetition too, for instance the list of ways to start addressing anxiety was the same as the ways in which to start addressing stress, which could make the reader feel cheated in what is already a very short book.

Having said this... there are a few moments that may be worth having the book for. The paragraph where he explains that depressed people are not lazy and not losers but usually high-minded people who have worked too hard and want something more profound from life - this, many of us will want to write out (even embroider into a sampler!) and put on the wall. It gives us back our dignity and aspiration which is what depressed people really need. Yes there are a few pages on approaches such as talking therapies, drugs, and so on, but nothing you couldn't probably get from the internet - so whether you should buy it depends on if you want to read it in one sitting, mark a few pages for future reference, and put it away for a bad day. But there are probably things you could pick up that would be (a) more informative and/or (b) more uplifting (c) better value in content-per-centimetre-of-shelf-space. When I find them or think of them, I'll let you know. Hope this was helpful.
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By cathy on 28 Oct 2013
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Very useful explained it well yet a little confusing at times, but a good help guide for anyone suffering with a mental health issue.
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