If your loved one is an untreated depressive I can see how this book would be wonderful.
My loved one has been managing his illness for 15 years and has good doctors in place, yet his depression is not 100% treatable. This book wasn't very helpful to me. I was looking for a book on how to successfully live a life with someone with long-term depression. There was a 2 page section that covered an example of this, but for the most part this book is for those who need to get their depressed loved ones to a doctor for anti-depressants. There is little in here for those of us with loved ones who do all the right things to care for themselves and are just trying to live with the disease in the best way possible because it will never be fully in remission.
For me personally I would give this book zero stars, but 8 years ago when this was all new it may have helped me immensely. It is a very good book, just not for me.
This book does an excellent job of helping people who love someone who is depressed realize that they are not going crazy themselves, failing, or unworthy of love, care, and respect. When you love someone who is depressed, it is easy to think that you have failed at helping them, that you are not good enough for them, that you are not worth care or effort, or that you are doing something wrong. It is also easy to forget sometimes that what you are dealing with is depression and not someone who is unkind, grumpy, or rude. This book is like a helpful therapist that can remind you: no, this is not your fault. This is a disease that your loved one has that is very tricky, difficult, and complex. This is a helpful book to bring perspective to things.
Like other reviewers there is a concern that the author is clearly biased toward treatment with medication and dismissive of talk therapy. She does not see them as a two important approaches working together, but rather sees...
If you are looking for a book that makes you feel less alone and less isolated in coping with a loved one who has depression, this book may have some value to you. If you are looking for a balanced perspective that appropriately and accurately gives an account of depression itself, please look elsewhere.
While the book has its commiserative value, the reader should not overlook the insidious, imbalanced and downright scientifically-erroneous element of it, as well: it cautions the reader (who is likely at some point of desperation, or at least in an emotionally-vulnerable state) to beware of the biases of psychotherapists from whom their loved one might seek treatment (being wary of bias is always good advice), while the content of the book itself is very strongly biased toward medication and against what it dismissively terms "talk therapy."
To further the biased slant of the book, downright misstatements of science are made -- in particular, promoting...
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