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4.3 out of 5 stars

on 8 May 2014
It's worth going over to Amazon.com to check the reviews there, so that you don't have to take my word for it; however I think that this is the most enlightening book on depression that I have read (and I've read many). It starts with looking at the likely evolutionary role for depression, talking about how one's mood is the great integrator, helping the body decide how to respond to different environments. It talks about how there are many levers that we can use to improve or alter one's mood, and it talks about the author's own experience with depression. Above all I feel that the book offers hope to sufferers of depression, that there are many paths out, and even that depression may not be entirely useless. For me this is far and away the best book on depression. It's neither for nor against drug treatments, but sees a holistic approach as the way out, which from personal experience I agree with.
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on 28 April 2015
This is without a doubt one of the best books I've read about depression. My own struggles with this horrible condition have become much, much easier in recent years as I have come to understand and accept the basic premise of this writer - that as unimaginably (to the uninitiated) horrible and painful as depression as, the traditional descriptions of it as either a moral issue, a 'spiritual' issue or on the other end of the spectrum, a purely biochemical problem all miss out very important elements of the big, complex picture - and in doing so trap people in ways of thinking about their problem that are completely unhelpful and ultimately keep them locked in the depressive state far longer than they need to be. Brilliant book.
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on 4 December 2017
the sense of depression as low mood is gently and objectively explored and its importance as a survival strategy is highlighted. A positive and coherent argument. Beautiful book.
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on 23 August 2014
A very interesting approach. Maybe additional data in the future could make the derived inferences more solid.
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on 12 May 2016
A great book exploring depression from a completely different angle. Really fascinating and useful too for depression sufferers, helps to adjust the cruel and simplistic misconception that depression makes the sufferer 'a victim' and/or a lesser person. Recommended to lots of professional friends as well as those who wish to expand on their understanding of depression. I'm hoping Jonathan Rottenberg proves to be in the vanguard of those who are trying to change the common misconceptions of depression thereby helping sufferers and their close relatives and friends, in addition to more understanding in the workplace.
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on 4 February 2017
Still reading
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on 19 September 2014
Draws on recent developments, and a harrowing personal experience, to explain depression in evolutionary terms that show how it arises from adaptation survival strategies. Also makes a powerful case for de-stigmatizing this increasingly common condition, as well as pointing the way toward new paths for treatment. Readable, relevant and sobering.
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