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Excellent problem descriptions and diagnoses but needs the actual 'how-to' details the author no doubt provides to his patients
on May 6, 2012
Defeating Depression ISBN9780882823249, New Horizon Press, paperback, 240 pages, $14.95 by Leo J. Battenhausen, MA, MSW,LCSW, LCADC
The author begins by defining the words Calm and Sense and, with an explanation, proposes the manner in which these factors provide the basis for a well-adjusted and satisfying life. He expounds on the importance of Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs" with special emphasis on the highest, or "self-actualization" that also was espoused by Carl Rogers. I suspect that the author, as a counselor, probably embraces Maslow's "Theory of Human Motivation", which is the basis for much employee counseling today.
My only problem with the author's presentation, is the lack of actual provision of the suggestions he probably had employed to aid the patients he sites. The descriptions of the problems encountered by the patients are well- presented and the reasons accurately diagnosed. However, except for the late-described case of Neil and Joan who experienced problems when their children were grown, and the chapters providing tips for women and men, few actual specific suggestions are presented for the distressed individual looking for answers.
Thus, like so often encountered in the field, the disturbed person again must pretty much work out for him/her self the "how-to" details. Here, admittedly however, Battenhausen has set forth the problems facing the person searching for answers in a little more complete and lucid manner than most often found. Reviewed by John H. Manhold, award winning fiction/non-fiction author and one-time Psychology Counselor.