The electronic version of my recent self-help book on depression, Growing from Depression, is currently free on Amazon.
Growing from Depression was 'highly commended' in the 2011 British Medical Association Book Awards. Meanwhile, the British Journal of Psychiatry called the book 'a comprehensive, sympathetic, and thought-provoking guide for those who want to explore their depression in more depth and who are motivated to make long-term changes in their ways of thinking and their lifestyle.
The book gave rise to a TED talk, The Anatomy of Melancholy: Can Depression be Good for You? which you can see here.
Growing from Depression is a counterintuitive, perhaps even provocative title for a self-help guide on depression, but I chose it for what I think are three very good reasons.
- First, I wanted to challenge perceptions of people with depression. Rather than being 'lazy' or 'losers', they are often among some of the most ambitious, truthful, and courageous of all people.
- Second, whereas getting ill is never a good thing, depression can present a precious opportunity to recognise and to address difficult life problems. This can lead not only to a better future, but also to a more refined perspective and deeper understanding of one's life and of life in general.