- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Souvenir Press Ltd (21 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0285638726
- ISBN-13: 978-0285638723
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You Paperback – 21 Jan 2010
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A clear understanding of the nature of depression and the struggles associated with it… the most important measure of this book will be whether the reader finds it helpful in recovery; I am confident that many will. --Depression Alliance
This well-written book imparts so much common sense and good advice that members and their carers are recommended to buy it, and keep re-reading it. --Depression UK Newsletter
Eminently sensible… Full of practical advice, this constitutes a comprehensive self-help programme for what the author describes as the epidemic of depression. --Sane
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I wanted to write a book to address the issue of preventing depression. The emphasis is too often focused on treatment after someone has hit rock bottom. There is a sense that depression is something that happens to you without warning. I disagree. I think there is a warning - that people do lead a depressed lifestyle before they feel depressed - and that people should be encouraged to believe there is a lot they can do to avoid hitting bottom and to make their recovery much faster and more effective. And because of my own personal experience with depression, I feel a strong desire to help prevent people from suffering what my family and I have gone through. So I've tried to lay out a roadmap for people to follow through recovery. I've taken the "practice wisdom" of good psychotherapy and put it into a form that people can follow to help themselves as they deal with depression in their thinking, their behavior, their emotions, their relationships, and their self-image. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First, the bad news. Depression is increasing. Worse still, the younger someone is, the more likely that the person will experience depression sometime. Even worse, many people are undiagnosed, and suffer alone with their affliction.
Second, the good news. Around 70 percent of all those suffering from depression will improve with either drug therapy or mental health treatments. Those who get both do even better.
Third, more bad news. Depression tends to recur for many people.
The voice addressing these issues is an expert one. He is a psychotherapist who runs a community health center. More importantly, he has suffered from depression himself. I doubt if you can get more direct access to what depression is all about than from Richard O'Connor. I admire his caring to share so much of his own pain with us, and respect him enormously for this gift he has given us all.
Depression is currently under reevaluation. No single paradigm seems to capture all of its elements. Undoubtedly, an improved scientific model for it will emerge.Read more ›
I can understand much of how I got to this point but believing that there is a viable way to a meaningful existence in what remains of my life is a serious challenge. If I can find it I will.
Which brings me to this book. Two pieces of advice which I have followed in the past - suck it up and "be a man about it" are disastrous for depressives - at least they have been for me. Reading this book is in part like reading my biography. More importantly it provides a map for the way forward. For the first time in a long while I have hope. This is very precious.
If you are suffering from depression or know someone who is I would strongly recommend this book. It is not a silver bullet and I suspect there isn't one. But you need help. Please get it. This book will help you to understand what is going on and what to do about it.
Large chunks of my life have been wasted as a result of this condition. If the statistics are right I am far from being alone and the more that can be done about this blight the better.
This is very much targeted at those who've struggled with depression all their lives.It's especially good for those who may not even recognise it, but have just accommodated it in their life and think "this is who I am, this is the way things are".People who are "good at depression" and need to learn they can be "good at being happy" There are so many people who bear up under this ongoing depression, often very successfully but more often than not the weight gets heavier and their ability to carry it declines as time goes on and life throws inevitable banana skins in their path.
I found myself in that situation...suddenly finding that what I thought were lifelong essential characteristics of "me" (workoholism, anger, grumpiness, disappointment, anxiety, unwillingness to think about the future)suddenly became triggered into something catastrophically overwhelming. My "personality" was suddenly an "illness" needing bed rest, doctors, pills, hospitals etc! Pretty bloody frightening. This book helped me navigate that. I needed to UNDERSTAND in order to start doing something to help and this book gave me that basic navigation . Plus in doing so I was relieved to find out that millions of people had similar experiences and this was not just a "me thing".
The main messages are very hopeful: you were not just "born that way" and are not destined to suffer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is loads of useful information in here and if you understand it all and put it into practice I am sure you would stand an excellent chance of recovering from your depression! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Miss Fusspot
I liked the way this book is presented and it gave me insight into Depression and offered me some light tas to how I'm going to live with it in the future
Worth reading... Read more
I bought this book quite a few months ago and have tried at least 4 times to read it and give it a chance. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2014 by charl
I am still in the process of reading this book. But as an individual who has cared for a parent with bi-polar and at time suffered from their own depression, potentially as a... Read morePublished on 4 April 2014 by AP
I loved this book and found it very useful on a personal and professional level. Definitely a bookone worth reading.Published on 21 Mar. 2014 by Mrs Elaine Robertson