A quick recommendation for reading about Depression

Published April 30, 2011 by Crystal

It’s a bit of an odd weekend today. I am lucky to have wonderful friends, and great support in my husband and Rob. The weekend is quieter than usual, doesn’t help that I’ve acquired husband’s Delhi Belly either, and couldn’t really leave the house for long if I wanted to! But it is giving me a chance to read a book that was recommended to me, and already, only a couplle of chapters in, I know I will be recommending it to others. It’s called “Depressive Illness: The Curse of the strong” by Dr Tim Cantopher. It is a concise book, written in an easy to read way. It gives the physical reason for Depression, along with the models of reasons why the illness appears. It explains the limbic system, in nice siple terms.
The chapters are fairly short, and the author advises those who are dealing with depression to read one or two pages at a time as concentration is low. Yep, that’s true.
What has really helped me, already, is understanding that it is a physical illness, and for every person who has told me to “pull yourself together”, or rather tenderly “get a grip!”, well I realise now that those people really have no clue.
So now I’m in recovery. With a very caring, thoughtful husband, who understands what is needed, and who doesn’t judge, or criticise.
I’d recommend this book to sufferers, and to those who know people suffering. It is a book I will definately be sharing out.

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2 comments on “A quick recommendation for reading about Depression

  • Thanks Miranda. I’ll look the book out and give it a read. Currently on the “happy pills” to try and sort out my depression. I have no clue why I have it, where it’s come from or anything, which is frustrating in itself. Have learnt to just let go and what will be will be.

    • I’m going to the doctor for pills on Wednesday. I think pills are important to help get everything working again. But the book helps give exercises and understanding. And most important is to remember it is not our fault, stop berating ourselves. xxx

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