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Overcoming Depression: A Books on Prescription Title (Overcoming Books) Paperback – 2009
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I strongly recommend this book as a workbook to accompany therapy or as a first choice for bibliotherapy for depressed patients. Ed Watkins, Institute of Psychiatry, London, Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy Highly accessible to the intelligent layperson, very readable and extraordinarily useful. Robert L Leahy, Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, USA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Professor Paul Gilbert is the author of the bestselling Overcoming Depression and was previously Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and Head of Specialty, Adult Mental Health for the Southern Derbyshire Mental Health Trust. He is currently based at the Mental Health Research Unit, Kingsway Hospital, Derby. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One small critique I have is that he stresses evolution too much throughout the book. The third chapter is "Causes of Depression: How Evolution May Have Shaped Depression." You can skip this chapter if you also do not give much credence to the theory of evolution. It will add nothing to your quest to recover from depression. I do not believe that depression in people evolved; I believe that we are created "as is" and that being separated from God is a root cause of many of the ills people suffer today. That "hole in the soul" causes pain and we try and fill it with all sorts of substitutes, including alcohol, drugs, porn, gambling, cheating, and possessions. So I believe that depressives are actually more sensitive to the pain of life that is the truth. I don't believe that life here on Earth was ever meant to be joyous, that we are to find our ultimate joy in Heaven.
That being said, I also don't think God meant us to be miserable! How can we work for His purposes when we are not even able to crawl out of bed and take a shower? This book may take more energy to read than most people will have when they are in the grips of depression. If you are being medicated, and you feel you can explore the reasons your mind betrays you and helps you slide into the black hole, do read this book. I think it would help tremendously, in conjunction with physical help from medications and perhaps counseling.