As the other review of this book makes clear, "Seeing Through Depression" is not a standard self-help book, and is therefore not packed with practical suggestions and references to evidence-based research. Instead, this book offers a sensitive, caring reflection upon the emotional wounds that can cause depression and the suffering and despair of those afflicted with it. Without denying that professional help may sometimes be necessary, Jean Vanier draws upon spiritual metaphors to gently suggest that depression may be understood as representing a necessary season of one's life, during which one needs to receive much kindness and patience, and to help the reader begin to trust in the possibility of healing.
I have suffered from serious bouts of depression for many years and have found this book far more helpful and encouraging than the very many other books (clinical and popular) I have also read about it. Jean Vanier is, as in his other work, kindly, wise and deeply compassionate.