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- Publication Date: July 16, 2012
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Kicking The Dog - 5 Steps To Beat Depression Kindle Edition
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The book begins with a detailed description of the different types of depression, and the main take-away here is that it's nowhere close to being the same as just having a bad day. People who tell you to "snap out of it" really don't get it at all.
Throughout the book, Stuart includes excerpts from his own website where he recorded, journal-style, some of the darker (and lighter) moments of his depression. This not only illustrates that he knows what he's talking about (would you trust a book on beating depression by somebody who's never had that problem?) but also helps you to know you're not alone, a common feeling when you're depressed.
But the most important part of this book, of course, are the sections where he outlines a simple five-step plan for dealing with your own depression.
For me, as an anti-chemical person, I don't like taking any prescription drugs, and refused traditional anti-depressants when I was being treated, but the rest of the advice is sound (with the possible exception of eating fish, which used to be good for you, but so much of it these days is poisoned with chemicals, such as mercury, that mankind throws willy-nilly into the oceans and rivers of the world that I no longer choose to eat it) and largely similar to the approach I took.
I like the fact that Stuart's plan includes many things you can do that do not involve the medical professionals, but would certainly agree that getting good professional help is a must too.
Finally, one nice touch was the "things you can do now" section at the end of each chapter - simple tips that will let you start making small but crucial changes immediately.
All in all, it's a good and easy read with plenty of useful information that will do you a lot more good than spending your money on useless anti-depressants (which according to research are no more effective than placebos anyway).
The author then tells us his own story, breathing life and reality into all this information as he recounts his struggles with both straightforwardness and poignancy. Story-telling is often the best way to transmit information in a way that people can really hear it, and Fish does a good job. It's in what used to be called a diary format, but in the modern method of reprinting former blog posts. Of course, this kind of sharing also helps people see that they are not alone, and this is an extremely useful aspect of the book.
He then shares his successes and gives advice to people suffering from depression. Five steps to be precise. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for help with their own inner `black dog', but also I would hope this will be picked up by people who are dealing with the suffering of friends and loved ones and are looking for insights and better understanding.
Yes, you might find some of the book goes deeply into just what depression is and how it can affect you and me. But it shows how much the author took charge of his life after going about as far down as anyone could go and still be around to tell the rest of us about what it was like.
I don't think you will find too many people who would pour out their heart and soul in an effort to help others know they are not alone and there are many ways to gain help.
I particularly like the "Things to do now" section at the end of each chapter. Stewart give advice on things you can start to do RIGHT NOW to improve your life.
I was especially impressed with Stewart's attitude of sharing so many others might not have to go through all of the trials and tribulations he had to endure.
Stewart, you are one caring and generous person to share so much of your deep struggle with us. Thank you so much.
Author: "How To Live A Fulfilling Life (Quick and Easy Way)"
Dr. Diane Chesson