Climbing out of Depression

Being depressed often leaves you feeling paralysed into inaction. Climbing back out of the pit of gloom seems almost impossible. You need help, and that is what this book offers — practical, humane, and spiritual help.

What makes the book distinctive is the fact that the author herself has suffered from depression for many years. She does not write as an expert, or as a depression counsellor, but as someone who knows the feelings from close personal experience. As a result her book contains a varied menu of hints, quotations, and illustrations, not page after page of unbroken text.

Understanding Depression

We all have low moods from time to time. Usually, the mood passes after a few days and we get back to our normal way of living. We may say that we have been ‘depressed’, ‘down in the dumps’, ‘fed up’ or have had the ‘blues’. But low moods like this are not what doctors call depression. Instead, they use the term to describe a more severe illness which a person has had for at least a few weeks, affecting the body as well as the mind.

There has been an increase in the rates of depression over the last 40 years which may be the result of the way we live our lives now. The good news is that, no matter what the cause of depression, it can be treated and treated effectively. Most people who are depressed and have treatment get better.

Undoing Depression

Completely revised and expanded edition of one of today’s most popular and practical books on treating depression.

Like heart disease, says psychotherapist Richard O’Connor, depression is fuelled by complex and interrelated factors: genetic, biochemical, and environmental. In this refreshingly sensible book, he 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 you how to replace depressive patterns of thought and behaving with new, better skills.

Recognising that medication is not a magic cure, Undoing Depression offers a range of therapies, from exercise to self-help and psychotherapy, and includes entirely new chapters on using meditation and the role of stress.