Undoing Depression

@taface412 (3177)
United States
May 14, 2009 3:55pm CST
I realized I have fallen into my usual funk around this time of year. And when I was looking through one of my self-help books about how to live healthy I came across the section discussin depression and there was a book they referenced. Well I checked it out at the library and in the first day read through over half of it. It was kinda scary at first because I saw a lot of my thoughts, and actions in there...but the author is someone who works with people who have depression and shows ways of overcoming depression in a logical way. He explains what exactly it is without making someone feel like a loser. And he explains logical ways to help yourself overcome your bouts of depression. It's not a magical key for people who are depressed like if you read it you will be cured. But knowledge is power and if you know what the problem is you can fix it. So I am pretty excited to finally understand why I react to things sometimes the way I do and how to retrain my brain. In fact, I know it's already helping me to cope with things, which like I said was scary at first, but this morning I woke up and actually felt like I understood things a little better. Anyone who suffers from depression, or would like to learn more on it will find this book helpful. Undoing Depression, Richard O'Connor PHD Anyone else read this book? What did you think?
3 responses
• United States
15 May 09
have you tried taking vitamin D3? about 2000 mg. Most of us don't get enough sunlight. My physical therapist recommended it. you should touch base w/ your doc first though before you take anything. I have fibromyalgia. It has been quite devastating for me. I was a type A person...welcome to the new world of fibro!! You are so right about knowledge being power! Take good care!
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
15 May 09
I take several vitamins to help with fatigue and it works. It was just the other things I could not pinpoint that this book opened up for me to finally connect the dots. I try to keep things as simple as possible...in other words if a more natural method is possible than I prefer that route than to pump my body with synthetic stuff hoping for the best. O'connor's method not only explains medications roles with mild to even more serious stages of depression, but also the mind-body connection. I do take Vitamin D daily in addition to B-12 and a multivitamin. Thanks. Oh and by the way the book is not just geared towards someone with depression it is written for anyone from the average reader to the professional.
• United States
15 May 09
I'm glad you found something to help you besides medication. I'll keep this book on my mind for anybody I think might need it. Thanks.
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
15 May 09
The book will definitely help anyone who begins to slide into a depressive state or just a person who wants to understand it more. I am very selective by the self-help literature and steer clear of the ones who make definite promises. So if you know anyone who is questionable about living with depression they need to read this. Because they will have trust issues with everything. Thanks for the support and muscles...the thing about meds is if a person doesn't understand the underlying causes of a condition the meds will only work for a short period of time and then they relapse. Kinda like not taking all your Antibiotics a doctor prescribes....it may come back before you had time to heal. Thanks
@mensab (4207)
• Philippines
14 May 09
at first, when i saw your discussion, i was thinking of the depression that our economy is undergoing. then as i read through, i understand you more. it is about the psychological depression and not the economic one. anyway, thank you for recommending this book. i think with the difficulties everyone is having, this book will truly help accompany us in our struggles.
@taface412 (3177)
• United States
15 May 09
sorry for the confusion. But it is helpful. I just finished it last night...and I have to say when a person who is educated and knows what they are going through, but with little to no answers you begin to wonder if you are crazy, and then you stumble upon something that just opens your eyes and you can connect the dots and realize there is a way out...and it's not easy like he points out in his book. And it can help anyone. He wrote it from the perspective of three views, the reader, the professional, and the depressive (his terminology for people who suffer from depression). Interesting enough he even touches on how we as a society have lost oursleves and desensitized ourselves to helping our communities, which ultimately leads us to devalue our contributions...a cycle thing. Wow, that was deep LOL Definitely have a read and tell me what you think and tell others. Here's a link to his site:http://undoingdepression.com/