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A unique book amongst many negatively focussed variants,
This review is from: Growing from Depression (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.
the book is realistic too in that it does not offer a '10 step plan' to guranteed relief from depressive symptoms' which can often give false hope, leading to further frustrations and deeper depression when the plan does not give results in the specified time.
The one thing I would say that would improve this book would be more case studies, as I find the more we hear about others experiences the less alone we feel and the more able to cope.
All in all, a unique book compared to others on the market and well worth a read for anybody affected by depression.