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Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong (3rd Edition): Volume 3 (Overcoming Common Problems) Paperback – 20 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sheldon Press; 3 edition (20 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847092357
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847092359
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 0.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (562 customer reviews)
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'If the response to his Radio 2 broadcast is anything to go by, Tim Cantopher is saying something uniquely powerful to people with depression. People affected by depression tell me this is the most powerful and helpful book ever written about the topic. I keep meeting people who say this book changed their lives.' --Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2

'This book should be read by everybody… It offers invaluable insight into depression.' --Depression Alliance

'In the battle to beat depression, this book represents the definitive weapon.' --Ruth Lavery, DEPEND

About the Author

Dr Tim Cantopher is a consultant psychiatrist working with the Priory Group of Hospitals. He is author of Stress-Related Illness, and Dying for a Drink, Sheldon Press.


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Helped me through the worst time of my life!! I had a nervous breakdown & was hospitalized for my own safety, this book helped me along with a lot of counselling & support from friends & family to understand that it wasn't my fault, I couldn't just stop the way I felt, I had to let it happen & to read about other people, famous people that have been there & come out the other side helps a great deal but more so when it tells you, only the strong have breakdowns. I'll let you read that part for yourself. Keep yourself safe & if you can't call 999 ask for Ambulance, they will come out! or you can talk to someone at the Samaritans on 116 123 (UK) 24hrs a day, 7 days a week.
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This book was enormously helpful for me. It was broken down into manageable chunks, and the author had suggested which chunks should be prioritised: a seemingly small detail, but in fact to anyone depressed, perhaps the key to being able to continue reading it. I was able to read it all as a result. Its description of how depression can feel and how it works in a physical sense was a lifeline for me. I had never been depressed before, and in fact suffered through several years before I was able to give what was wrong a name, and this book was a pivotal part of that process. It was incredibly reassuring to read that some of the symptoms I had were known and recognised to be part of depression: I had spent so long feeling like the only person on the planet that just to poke a hole in that terrible isolation was honestly life-changing. In fact, I had not been a big fan of the medication I had been prescribed, and my eventual slow recovery was down to other things than medication, but where Tim Cantopher's book really hit home for me was in his compassion. His calm, quiet, matter-of-fact tone of voice did get through to me (no small feat there!) which in turn enabled me to see my state of mind more objectively and with more compassion, which in turn meant that I could manage my mood much more effectively, and eventually crawl out of the pit. He also lent me the vocab and strength to explain myself, which as any sufferer knows is worth more than gold: it seems depression can strike dumb the most articulate person.

Having read it a year ago, I've just been reminded to write a review by a conversation I've just had with the friend I gave it to the second I'd finished it. I had had such a revelation while reading it: it described my situation so clearly, and I recognised her immediately too.
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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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Amazing insight and beautifully written. I'd actually bought the kindle version but got this for a friend when she unfortunately bombed with that horrid acute depression. Guaranteed that with rest, mindfulness and medication this book will get you there.
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If you have depression or know of anyone who does - this book is fabulous. I had deep depression a few years ago and reading this I thought ' I could have written it'. explains depression really well, with diagrams explaining how serotonin is depleted (or reabsorbed too quickly) which makes the understanding of depression clear.
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I haven't read all of this book yet - when you're depressed you find tasks like that quite hard, even though it's an extremely easy to read book. But I wanted to write this to let others know just how friendly and reassuring the book is. For the first time in a long time it allowed me to stop feeling guilty for having depression and for feeling worn out / not being able to cope, and that helps a lot.
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