Depressive Illness

  • by Tim Cantopher
  • Narrated by Lynsey Frost
  • 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you suffer from depression you are not alone – it affects 15.5 million in the US, and more than 3 million in the UK – and, you are much stronger than you think. This best-selling book, written by a leading consultant psychiatrist, explains that people with depression do battle with pressures and stresses that other people would run away from, until their bodies can take no more. In this book, depression is placed authoritatively as a physical illness, from which recovery is possible.
Dr Cantopher provides a comprehensive, accessible overview of depressive illness, guiding the reader through the nature of depression, its history, symptoms, causes and treatments, as well as myths along the way. Warm and supportive, this new edition, which also includes the latest on medications, stresses that sufferers should not blame themselves, but can take hope from the fact that there is meaning in their illness, and that getting better is a real option.
Generously supplied with illuminating anecdotes and insights, it has specific advice on how to read the book if you are currently unwell, as well as valuable information for carers, medical professionals, or anyone interested in this destructive illness which is set to become the second biggest health burden in the world after heart disease.

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What the Critics Say

"In the battle to beat depression, this book represents the definitive weapon." (Ruth Lavery, DEPEND)
"This book should be read by everybody but especially by those who are affected by depression, whether they be carer, medical professional or just someone interested in this destructive illness… It offers invaluable insight into depression and promotes a level of self-awareness, which if heeded could keep many of us a lot healthier." (Depression Alliance)

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Customer Reviews

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Just what I needed

This was the third book on depression I listened to. After the first two failures I didn't hold out much hope. I guess the third time is the charm.

This book was exactly what I needed to come to grips with my depression and to plot my own way out. There are many different types of depression, and this book directly addressed the source of my problem.

Depression is lonely and scary and feels like it will never end. It colors everything we say or do. But this book helped me gain insight into what had caused my depression, and how my very struggles against depression were making things worse. This book changed my attitude, and was the genesis of my recovery.
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- Ronald Albury

Good book, terrible narrator

Some good concepts and research, but the narrator is very annoying to listen to. Would be worth listening to if you can stand the voice.
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- Scott

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-13-2010
  • Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing