What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You
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Like heart disease, says psychotherapist Richard O'Connor, depression is fueled by complex and interrelated factors: genetic, biochemical, environmental. In this refreshingly sensible book, O'Connor focuses on an additional factor often overlooked: our own habits. Unwittingly we get good at depression. We learn how to hide it, how to work around it. We may even achieve great things, but with constant struggle rather than satisfaction. Relying on these methods to make it through each day, we deprive ourselves of true recovery, of deep joy and healthy emotion.
UNDOING DEPRESSION teaches us how to replace depressive patterns with a new and more effective set of skills. We already know how to "do" depression-and we can learn how to undo it. With a truly holistic approach that synthesizes the best of the many schools of thought about this painful disease, O'Connor offers new hope-and new life-for sufferers of depression.
From Publishers Weekly
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This book is about 50% theory and 50% practical application. I found the rehashing of the theories behind depression to be fairly boring having read several other well-recommended books on the subject. If this will be the first, or one of the first books you read on depression then the first half of the book will be extremely useful and informative. The examples he uses are touching, appropriate, and hopeful.
The second half of the book focuses more on the changes we must make within ourselves, families, work, etc... to work our way out of depression. I found some of the recommendations to be of immediate benefit to easing the pain of depression. I would recommend this book to anyone who is currently experiencing depression, or to anyone who knows and cares about someone who is.