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Take control of your depression: Strategies to help you feel better now

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’This book would be of interest to those who experience depression as well as those wanting to identify strategies, which work towards a positive approach to life and well-being.’

Title: Take control of your depression: Strategies to help you feel better now

Author: Susan J Noonan

Publisher: Johns Hopkins Press

Reviewer: Jennie Walker, divisional lead nurse for research and Innovation, Surgery Division, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

What was it like?

This book contains a wealth of information and practical exercises, which provide strategies to gain emotional balance and improve wellbeing. The book is well written and engages the reader in both medical knowledge and the personal account of the author as to what life is like living with depression. Each chapter is brimming with compassion and encourages the reader to consider how depression can impact on the ability to ‘be yourself’ and the need to appreciate self-worth. Topics include common obstacles in depression, managing your mood disorder and strategies to get you through the tough times.

What were the highlights?

The varied examples and exercises allow the reader to tailor make their approach to improving mental health and general wellbeing. Although the focus of the book is on taking control of depression, many of the activities will be helpful to anyone who is battling with the pressures of everyday life. The book provides numerous templates, examples and plans, which can be easily accessed and readily used. Each activity encourages a positive approach to achieving emotional balance and dealing with everyday life.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The strengths of this book include the overwhelming compassion towards the reader and the practical, simple approaches to improving mental wellbeing. As the book is written by an American author, some of the context relates to the US health care system. For readers who are from different parts of the world, this offers an interesting insight in to other health care systems, and highlights the fortune of having a national health service for readers based in the UK.

Who should read it?

This book would be of interest to those who experience depression as well as those wanting to identify strategies, which work towards a positive approach to life and well-being. This book will also be a useful resource for health professionals, friends or relatives who would like to learn more about depression and the positive ways to offer support.

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