Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong (3rd Edition): Volume 3 (Overcoming Common Problems) Paperback – 20 Sep 2012
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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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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.Read more ›
Tim Cantopher has a fine book here he purports that depression almost exclusively strikes a particular type of person and that is the morally strong, reliable, diligent but vulnerable to criticism and sensitive types. So what happens to this type of person when they become depressed ? They try to work their way out of it and continually beat themselves up for feeling the way they feel. How does Cantopher visualise a recovery ? Rest, take the time off your body needs to heal, you wouldn't try walking on a broken leg so treat your mind in a similar fashion. Depression takes away our energy so accept that we can't do the things we once could or attain the same high standards. Lets not be hard on ourselves, we need rest to aid our progress. And we will make progress however slow it may seem, gradually we will get back on track.
This is one of the better books I've read on depression, it's clear, concise and easily digested which is essential when concentration levels are down. The chapter on recovery is fantastic and the advice given throughout is excellent. The only negative for me was the author's remarks on anti-depressants, he appeared a little dogmatic and would give no time to those who have reservations about taking medication with such a wide ranging list of potential side affects.Read more ›
Depression is an illness that can be cured.
While it can be triggered by events and psychological factors, depression is essentially a biochemical imbalance.
The difference between clinical depression and "having a bad time" or "feeling blue".
Taking anti-depressants is not an "easy way out", it`s the first step in reclaiming your life.
The book also told me things I didn`t know, like:
Depression typically happens to people with strong characters, people who are very responsible and caring towards others.
Why it`s crucial to give yourself time to heal (so good to know, when you feel guilty about not being able to socialize, go to work etc.). Like the author says: The reason you don`t want to do these things, is that somewhere you know that it will hurt you, not help you, when even getting out of bed is a challenge.
Ways to prevent future episodes by identifying individual triggers, learning to care for yourself and not take on more than you can deal with (actually becoming more selfish!).
Besides being a sufferer, I`m also a psychologist, and I`ll recommend this book to all clients suffering from clinical depression. I really like the way the author "speaks to me": With a sense of humour, a down to earth approach and never condescending. He sound like the psychiatrist from heaven!
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This is an excellent, short, well laid out book which is easy to read and to dip into for quick reminders on different points. Read morePublished 8 days ago by EW
I am not surprised that this book is so highly rated. I met Tim Cantopher very briefly whilst in treatment myself and at the time did not realise just how much wisdom he has (or... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Paul T. Rogers
After my Dad died I was plunged into a dark depression. I struggled for months and months, and searching Amazon for some kind of self help book I stumbled across this book. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jackie Allum
Brought this as going though a low period myself. It was delivered well within the given time stated. Read morePublished 1 month ago by midnight
Another copy of a book I know well - I use it for some of my clients to read - I'm a psychiatrist. The view of depressive illness it portrays is somewhat simplistic (and far more... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Glenn Cornish
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