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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Talking Life (Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901910237
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901910230
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.8 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By M. Marden on 1 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a great little book for anyone suffering from depression. It manages to be concise, accurate, humorous, sympathetic and informative all at once. Each page can be looked at randomly and still make perfect sense to anyone with a depression problem. When you are depressed the last thing you want, or are able to do, is wade through pages of heavy jargon. This book is the total opposite. Lightweight yet very helpful and humorous. It helped me. It's good to know before you get a book that it's going to help. I would recommend it.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. Salter-Murison on 2 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I've suffered from recurrent depression all my life, and am very slowly recovering from one of the worst attacks. I'm not a great believer in self-help books, so I must have been pretty desperate to buy this. Still any port in a storm, as they say, and this storm's been a killer.

This book is full of little snippets of fact and loads of cartoons. You can dip into it a page or two at a time. What it says - and what the cartoons illustrate - is none of it new, but it's the way it's presented that worked for me. When I was feeling really wretched I'd flick through it, find a likely double-page spread, and focus. The short sentences, the bullet points, the piccies - each tell you sensible, truthful stuff you already know but in a way that's effortless to absorb. When your concentration is shot and you feel like a pathetic waste of space, this approach - tiny facts, valid advice, drawings that dramatize your feelings - well, it worked for me. I was surprised how useful I found it - but I did find it very useful.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By S. PARKER on 27 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
If this book had been around during my years of coping with depression I would have been able to explain to the people nearest to me exactly what I was going through and not felt that I was some kind of (freak, drop out, a changed person, ). The book also has for me personally put to bed the stigma attached to having depression. It hasn't been something THAT I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT but through the illustrations in the book I feel that because they are funny to look at you immediately have a picture of the humorous side of depression first and the illness side of depression second. I am sure that it would now prompt me to discuss its contents with people because I wouldn't have to start my conversation with explanations of depression I couldn't see that before and perhaps I still wouldn't have seen that on the onset of my personal suffering but I am convinced that even if the illustrations had even brought a smile to my face the whole world (well my world) wouldn't have been so bad.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By F. M. Walker on 8 Nov. 2006
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This is a great little book. As someone who has suffered from mild depression, and who has family members who suffer from both moderate and severe depression, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an introduction to the subject. I will certainly be handing it around my family.

The clear text and amusing illustrations do a great job of taking away the misunderstandings and stigma still sometimes attached to depression. It then goes on to give brief, clear and positive ways of coping and dealing with your own depression, or that of people close to you.

Buy this book!
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By P. Connell on 26 Feb. 2007
Format: Paperback
This is really helpful for anyone who suffers from depression themselves, or has family members, friends or colleagues who suffer. It is easy to read and to 'dip into' (really important as the ability to concentrate tends to go while depressed) while being very informative and based on research. The diary templates are really helpful, especially 7. The cartoons are really fabulous and convey so much information so simply.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. V. Rice on 11 Nov. 2006
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Having worked with depression in primary care for over 10 years ,it has been a constant frustration to me that no-one has combined the wisdom of the experience of depression with the humour and self -deprication needed for recovery. This skinny little tome changes all that.

Humour is anti- viral....buy this book for sustained immunity!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 6 Nov. 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is most useful because it tackles the problem of depression in powerful and lucid terms, whilst being easy to follow. (many depression books are a bit 'heavy'). Also, the graphic cartoons make it really easy to read and make you sit up and take notice whilst making sure you don't forget all the helpful points made. The book is great in defining depression and most people will, I think, find it valuable in helping them to deal with depression on a daily basis. The price is good too!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Dougal on 16 Jan. 2010
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Cannot recommend this book enough, I was recently off work, I couldn't eat or sleep and went along to the doctors who diagnosed me with depression and anxiety. This was caused by a couple of life events and basically a build up of different things. I burned out.

Got a few books (after a couple of weeks when I was able to concentrate again)but this one just hit the mark. Some of the quotes of people who suffer depression I've actually said myself, it really resonated. I liked the no nonsense, look this is what it is attitude, this is what you can do about it, with very little psychobabble!!!

If your just an ordinary person trying to get along and depression has all but wiped you out, you're just looking for a no nonsense "guide", easy to read but informative, this is for you.

I'm even passing on to my parents so they can understand better!
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