Blessed with a loving family, a successful business as an executive coach, and money in the bank, Carol Kivler was suddenly and unexpectedly brought to her knees by "The Beast" - clinical depression. The story of her journey to recovery from medication-resistant depression is not only informative, but it inspires hope in others who suffer from this debilitating illness.
Kivler's book is written for multiple audiences, especially individuals who are suffering from major depression and their loved ones. It is also for health care providers, who often make the difference between giving up and recovery for those suffering from mental illness. Her Courageous Recovery Wellness Model provides a road map for recovery while addressing the misconceptions and stigma associated with depression.
Major depression is not an attitude. It is not a personality dysfunction. It is not a flaw in character. It is not laziness or a call for attention. It is not hurt feelings or a reaction to a bump in the road. It is not contagious. Depression is not something that can be brought on or fought off by self-will. Depression is not something to be ashamed of. And, most importantly, it is not something that should be ignored. Left untreated, serious depression can be life crippling and even lead to death (by suicide).
Because medication did not work for her, and despite serious reservations, Kivler eventually agreed to ECT (electroconvulsive therapy, or shock therapy). The treatment gave her back not only the desire to live but the ability to thrive in her personal and professional lives. Electroconvulsive therapy became her ladder out of the depression pit.
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Excellent and Informative Read
Ms Kivler takes us through her process and provides great support to others. This is groundbreaking work and takes the stigma out of Mental Illness.
- Denise R.
I have read the book more than once and would listen to the audible version again since the author delivers a powerful message of hope for patients and family members alike who suffer with depression. It's a quick read and now it's a quick listen on a plane or in the car.
I really enjoyed the chapter for family members. Depression runs deep in our family roots and I've shared this book with other family members along with friends since this "Beast" as the author refers to it as seems to render its ugly head often.
I have not, but enjoyed this performance.
The book touches so many levels from a personal view, to family members to professionals. I liked the part when the compassionate nurse, Diana convinced the writer to try ECT.
One family member recently reached out to me when her 29 year old daughter was considering ECT. Another friend just called from Florida asking where could she get the book for a friend. It's a great resource and now even greater by being able to listen to it.