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Depression Is a Choice: Winning the Battle Without Drugs Hardcover – October 3, 2001
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THE LITTLE CHAPEL THAT STOOD was chosen by the Smithsonian Institution as the feature book for its interactive 9/11 Project. It is considered by reviewers and teacher alike as the best children's book ever written about 9/11. The book was declared a historical artifact by Duquesne University and was the subject of a doctoral thesis by M. B. Kerle. The thesis found that after reading the book, school children talked about 9/11 less in terms of death and destruction, and more in terms of the courage and freedom of the American people. It inspired a New York City School Teacher, to start an organization called Youth USA to advocate the teaching of the U.S. Constitution and America's founding documents in all New York City schools. The book was also read to the jury in the trial of the 20th hijacker,making the point that America has never been a victim, not even on 9/11. On that fateful day, everyone pulled together courageously, people risked their own lives to help strangers down the Tower stairs to safety, small children waved "thank you" signs to passing fireman. Even on 9/11 America was not a victim, it proved itself a great nation--"the land of the free and the home of the brave."
DRAGONS GUARD THE ZOO, is a 320 book of read-aloud poetry--weird, witty, zany, and funny poems to laugh at, and longer dramatic poetry so prized by elementary school teachers. Her children's book IN THE COMPANY OF BEARS won a 1994 Benjamin Franklin Award, was featured on a PBS-TV reading enrichment program, appeared on the ABC World of Discovery, was featured in the Border's Books Christmas Catalog and was the best selling children's book of all time in the San Diego Zoo.
Other children's books are: HALLELUJAH, A CAT COMES BACK, LEGEND OF THE GIANT PANDA, A TRAIN YOU NEVER SAW. TIME OF THE WILD was highly acclaimed by the children's book editor of Boston Globe and compared to Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree."
Curtiss' first adult fiction, CHILDREN OF THE GODS, won a 1995 San Diego Book Award. Her psychology book, DEPRESSION IS A CHOICE was published by Hyperion. Her book BRAINSWITCH OUT OF DEPRESSION, winner of a 2006 Best Book Award, further expanded upon directed thinking to create a practical system called brainswitching which can alleviate any kind of depression without drugs. Her books have been translated in 5 languages including Japanese and Russian
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What bothered me most about this book, though, is that I tried reading it twice more than a year apart and both times got extremely bored by about halfway through the book. Reading about the stupid, rude or irresponsible things the author did before she figured out that she could manage her own mania and depression was not helpful to me in the least. The redundant writing style cried out desperately for an editor. The author also sounded tediously self-aggrandizing as well, leading me to believe that she was in one of her admitted fits of mania when she wrote it.Read more ›
For me personally, finding medication that stopped my bipolar moodswings WAS THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. No amount of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy could "fix" me, until I was in enough control of my moods to actually think reasonably, with a coherent understanding that didn't reverse direction every week. In the author's bio, she speaks of having "left her husband and children for a year to live in an ashram". I couldn't get close to having a husband -- no one ever wanted to stay with me longer than a year; I was too unstable, violent to myself and others. I was not "forced" into taking medication; I went searching for it after years of struggling and failed therapy.Read more ›
By that I don't mean that if something bad happens--we lose a loved one for example--that we can "choose" whether or not to be happy. What I have found is that I get into habits of what I call "despairing": a knee-jerk reaction to give up, get into despair, and get depressed.
That's when Curtiss' technique of "directed thinking" saves the day. I can get myself out of the depressed mood by choosing different thoughts which then change my mood. That's all depression is, after all--a temporary mood that engulfs me because of some thoughts that I'm generating. I am free to direct my thoughts the same way I direct my cursor to tell my computer what I want it to do.
This is not denial of the painful aspects of life. Rather, it's not adding needless suffering by mental self-torture--something I'm all too good at. It requires a certain vigilance and effort to direct my thinking, but the rewards are worth it. I also find it helpful to "let go" of the thoughts that lead to depression. (For more on letting go, I suggest looking into The Sedona Method.)
In a society where most of us avoid taking responsibility for our feelings, where the medical profession is all too willing to pathologize our behavior and medicate us to make us feel better, Depression Is a Choice is a subversive book. I am grateful that the author had the courage to write it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! I use it in my work and when I read sections of it and ask for my clients' input the discussion is often rich.Published 5 months ago by Linda Kuriloff
Incredible, thought provoking piece that helps you come out of the darkness. More people should view this illness as a part of our own creation - and therefore as something we can... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Larry Caouette
Lots of good ideas. As with everything you take what you can use, and don't get bogged down in the things that you feel won't work for you. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Denise Taylor
I am disappointed that this book is out of stock. I believe A B Curtiss did an excellent job of providing a currently unpopular view of dealing with depression and bipolar... Read morePublished 16 months ago by mandy oaks
Her research and pointers have shifted my thinking into a totally different and brilliant way of dealing with so called "depression."Published on November 11, 2013 by salgal
This book is written from the author's personal experience so provides credibility. It is also open and honest, without an overdose of too much personal drama. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by ANNE TURKINGTON
Back in 2005, I was severely depressed. I had suffered with occasional bouts of depression and social anxiety for about 15 years. Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by Philosopher
Basically Curtiss's thesis is this: Depression IS a weakness and a character flaw, caused by self-pity and unproductive living. Read morePublished on April 27, 2012 by Bibliofiend
The author's theory is not a total cure. She makes a case for treating depression without drugs or therapy, and this is a dangerous path for some folks. Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by Amazon Customer