“I know that people who are depressed work very hard at living, but much of their effort is fruitless, a waste of energy. It is as if they are in over their heads and don’t know how to swim: the harder they work, the worse things get.” – Richard O’Connor
Depression is fuelled by complex and interrelated factors: genetic, biochemical, environmental. In this refreshingly sensible book, Richard O’Connor focuses on an additional factor that is often overlooked: our own habits.
Unwittingly we get good at depression. We learn how to hide it, how to work around it, how to survive. We may even achieve great things, but with constant struggle rather than satisfaction; depression defines us, becomes a part of who we are.
Rated 4.8/5 stars on Amazon, Undoing Depression teaches us how to replace depressive patterns of thought and behaviour with new, positive skills. Anyone who has taught themselves to live with depression can teach themselves to live without it. Recognising that medication is not a magic cure, it offers a range of therapies, from exercise to self-help and psychotherapy, and includes entirely new chapters on using meditation and the role of stress in depression. Richard O’Connor offers new hope and new life for sufferers of depression.
“Full of practical advice… A comprehensive self-help programme.”
“This well-written book imparts so much common sense and good advice that members and their carers are recommended to buy it, and keep re-reading it.”
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“A clear understanding of the nature of depression and the struggles associated with it…the most important measure of this book will be whether the reader finds it helpful in recovery; I am confident that many will.”