83 of 85 people found the following review helpful
Excellent advice for new or veteran sufferers,
This review is from: Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong (Overcoming Common Problems) (Paperback)
Having suffered from clinical depression for many years, I have read many books on the subject, both of the 'self-help' and more academic variety. In terms of the former category this is without doubt the most useful I have read so far. It is fully of practical advice and reassuring information which would be particularly useful to new sufferers of the condition or their friends and families. It would also be a good book for those who feel they might be suffering from a depressive illness but are unsure; the way the subject matter is broached would, I feel, be likely to reassure or guide rather than inspire fear or 'hypochondriac' tendencies.
Having earlier placed this book in the 'self-help' category, I do not mean to suggest that it doesn't have information I have otherwise only read in 'academic' texts (on medication, for example) - it does. The difference is that technical terms are de-mystified and the variety of treatments available discussed in clear and easily-understandable language.
The book is so well-written that I actually ENJOYED reading it. For this kind of text I feel that is the ultimate praise.