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5.0 out of 5 stars Creating Mindful Reactions That Are Good for Your Health!, May 8, 2005
This review is from: Undoing Perpetual Stress: The Missing Connection Between Depression, Anxiety and 21stCentury Illness (Hardcover)
I decided to read this book because I enjoyed Dr. O'Connor's book, Undoing Depression so much. I am delighted to report that Undoing Perpetual Stress is an even better book.

What is perpetual stress like? The metaphor that Dr. O'Connor uses is that of an impala who thinks there's a cheetah behind every rock. The flight or fight response is never at rest . . . and the poor impala's health is soon destroyed.

Dr. O'Connor argues that our over stimulating world creates the same kinds of stress from unseen "threats" as the world goes whizzing by at 75 miles per hour.

In the book, he describes the sources of the stress, how stress undermines your body, immune system, brain and mind, and what you can do to put the stress comfortably in the background.

This book will appeal to those who are stressed out, those who experience anxiety and depression at the same time, those who love such people, and those who want to better understand the mind-body connection based on the latest scientific research.

Undoing Perpetual Stress is filled with many helpful exercises that will help even those who don't think they have too much stress. One of the best from my perspective was taking a psychological snapshot of yourself every five years . . . and spotting what was wrong with your life at each stage. I was astonished to realize how many memories I had repressed, but which are still influencing my psychology. And Dr. O'Connor is good about reminding you to "practice, practice, practice" the exercises and his advice.

I have been a meditator for over ten years, and this book helped me to gain a lot of perspective on what the meditation is helping and what it is not. While I have eliminated a lot of the background noise, I haven't dealt with a lot of old issues. It was helpful to find out what those issues are . . . and what to do about them. I found that my creativity and mind were suddenly freed by the process.

For parents, there's a lot of new information here on how various parenting methods influence a child over a lifetime. It's a lot better than what you read in that first book about how to be a parent. Check it out!

This book should be required reading for anyone who finishes high school.
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Initial post: Nov 18, 2011 6:48:49 PM PST
Lulu says:
If I could only buy one book, this one or Undoing Depression, which should I buy? Also, as a Christian, how do you tackle the issue of depression in those [Christians] you help? Is there an author (not Joyce Meyer) who values Biblical instruction as a means of help? I know that sin is a big part of my problem. The Bible clearly says to think on what is good, but I'm hoping that some book will teach me how to accomplish that. My husband has been so wonderful in helping me but he's not an expert and heard about Undoing Depression which lead me here. Do you have anything to add that might be useful to me specifically?
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