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Is it Weird in Here or is it Just Me? A Real-time and First-hand Account of Depression for Families, Friends and Carers Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 373 KB
  • Print Length: 221 pages
  • Publisher: Headliners; 1 edition (April 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003HS4UDA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,593 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rod Whyte (1961 - ) is Australian born and has had a number of short stories published, as well as two non-fiction books, one about Centrelink (Australia's Social Security Agency) which attracted national television and print exposure and set the author on a roller-coaster of media and public interest which ultimately led to him providing assistance to welfare recipients all over Australia. He was officially nominated for Australian of the Year two years running for his work in assisting those Australians who were in desperate need of help.

His latest book 'Is it Weird in Here or is it Just Me?: A Real-Time and First-Hand Account of Depression for Families, Friends and Carers' is a raw, sometimes humorous account of depression written while the author was hospitalised with depression. It's essential reading for any carer and gives essential information and tips to carers, ultimately uncovering and exposing the tricks that depression uses to trap its victims.

Rod continues to write and is putting together a compilation of already published short stories, as well as adding just a few more. Keep a look out for 'Life Inside a Vegemite Jar' coming mid-year.

Rod has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and a Masters Degree in Social Policy. He lives with his partner and two adorable boxers.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By blue on September 12, 2010
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I can't express how much I want you to read this book. Rod has written down what is truly going on in the mind of a depressed person, and what is most remarkable is that he wrote it while he was himself in the middle of a *deep* clinical depression, He describes what depressed persons think about (it's really all they do), what their suffering is really like, as they experience their worst days.

He also describes their good days, and at least one or two things that can help a depressed person have one. My personal favorite is the observation (and I am paraphrasing an entire chapter here) that "affirmations don't generally work for a depressive, but having a depressed person recollect previous good moments in their life, when they had done something of value to themselves, can be a transformative experience for them"

I am very grateful to Rod for writing this book. I hope everyone who suffers depression and all of their friends, family, and medical professionals get to read this book. It will truly, truly, truly help them battle this terrible thing that is depression.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shadowkitty on October 5, 2011
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In a desperate attempt to understand a disease that has taken over my family I bought this book. It's helped me understand what my loved one is experiencing and how his mind and thought processes could be working. It's given me renewed purpose to be supportive and do everything I possibly can to help him get the help he so desperately needs. Depression is a horrible disease and Rod's book has helped me understand it more than any other book or internet article I've read. For that I'm eternally grateful. I wish this book was available in print also. I cannot say enough good things about this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue Jacket on October 2, 2013
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This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read, written while Mr. Whyte was in the throes of severe depression. This book is for relatives, caregivers and the depressed individuals themselves. It must have been a very difficult thing to do, but many people will appreciate, and thank God, he wrote it. It shows those that have had it, or are suffering through it now, that they are not alone. He describes how major depression deceives you by trying to take over your very thoughts,almost like it is a living entity, controlling every aspect of ones life. People suffering from major depression may believe it's there own fault , but it's the illness telling them that. The way the depressed think about themselves, how they think about others, and why they may treat others, even the ones they love and care about, so badly. The book begins with the onset of the disease and continues until it is under control, from beginning to hopefully the end. Having major depression is a hopeless,helpless feeling of unimaginable torment, his descriptions during that period are very vivid in describing how he felt. This is not a book about going through deep depression and then writing about it later, it is written while going through this hell.Mr. Whyte does go back at the end of every chapter to explain what he was going through at the time he wrote the chapter. For the caregiver and loved ones he explains why he acted the way he did, and how much he appreciated what they were going through, and the toll it was taking on them. Reading a book about something that you have been through, and finding out that there were others that had many of the same experiences, is invaluable, we lived through it. I hope this review does this book justice, it certainly deserves it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bkw on July 24, 2012
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My beautiful inside and out wonderful daughter overdose rather recently, thankfully it did not take her life. I found this book via my kindle the night by my daughter was transferred from the medical hospital to a mental facility (this being her 4th visit). When I read the reviews it sounded like the read I needed and it was, and so much more. Until I found your book I truly felt that that she would eventually succeed in killing herself. I felt horrible, lost and disconnected on what to do and so obviously couldn't really comprehend what was going on. I needed a "no kidding" understanding on what was going on and what I could do immediately. I knew I needed to get my head in the game of depression. The situations and dialog you'd have w/ others really resonated with me. I was laughing out loud not because it was really funny per say, but because if I didn't know any better I'd swear that you were actually playing back our conversations! I felt relief and hopeful, because you provide meaningful, useful feedback and reflections. I haven't felt hopeful in a long time. I was able to put your tips into action immediately including the do/don't on how and what to say. There is no "sugar coating" in this book it's a heart-to-heart book on the dynamics of depression and written in a easy-to-read fashion. Thank you for not using sesquipedalian wording (long ponderous words), trying to help someone understand a concept (learning) isn't the time for such wording, because it hinders the learning process. Doctors and clinicians alike God love em'! but take it down a notch, our brains are racing a million miles an hour! My husband and other family members are reading this book right now also because it's an important read.Read more ›
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Paperback for this book?
Hi Jeremy - I must apologise as I've only just seen your post. Unfortunately, I only have this book available on-line as I haven't got a traditional publisher or distributor. Thanks for asking though and again, sorry it's taken so long to answer!
Jun 23, 2012 by R. Whyte |  See all 3 posts
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