September 22, 2017

For those who want to better understand depression...

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The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

Winner of the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy makers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Andrew Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease.

He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has on various demographic populations -- around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness. With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Solomon takes readers on a journey of incom-parable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.

Darkness visible : a memoir of madness
A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression's psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery.

Depression - the oldest cliches remain the truest. 

Time heals. 

The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. 

The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it

 ...Words, just sometimes, really can set you free

Reasons to stay alive

What Does It mean To Feel Truly Alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth. "I wrote this book because the oldest cliches remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven't been able to see it ...Words, just sometimes, really can set you free."

Stephen Fry            
This short book that Haig has written is the best I have ever read on coping with depression. It is so RIGHT.

Defeat depression : 52 brilliant ideas for healing a troubled mine

.. average of 1 out of 18 people suffers from depression and yet most people don’t really understand what depression is or recognize many of the symptoms that accompany it. Those that admit to suffering from it very often feel ashamed. Those that have never suffered from it think it’s all a matter o ‘getting a grip’. Defeat depression is written by a psychiatrist who offers a full understanding of the condition and practical, tried and tested techniques to help overcome it. As a medical student, the author suffered from depression and ended up in hospital. Drawing on her first-hand experiences and her medical expertise, Dr  Dosani has put together 52 ideas, tips and strategies to help sufferers and their family and friends cope with this often difficult condition.Now updated in this second edition to include bonus chapters, Defeat depression is sympathetic, practical, pro-active and an empowering and positive tool for helping to heal a troubled mind.
Managing depression growing older : a guide for professionals and carers

Even when he's grey around the muzzle, the black dog of depression can still deliver a ferocious bite. Depression can strike at any age, and it may appear for the first time as we get older, as a result of life circumstances or our genetic makeup. While older people face the same kinds of mental health issues as younger people, they can find it more difficult to deal with them owing to the stressors which accumulate with age. There is also a high incidence of undiagnosed depression in older age, presenting extra challenges for carers.Managing Depression Growing Older offers a systematic guide to identifying depression in older people, supporting them at home or in an aged care setting, and the importance of diet, exercise and attitude in recovery. It is essential reading for anyone who works with the elderly.

Life is short ... wear your party pants : ten simple truths that lead to an amazing life

Loretta LaRoche has helped millions of people find ways to lighten up and overcome stress. Now, in Life Is Short—Wear Your Party Pants, she gives you the tools you need to not only reduce feelings of tension, but also to bring joy, passion, and gusto into your life. Her techniques are a brilliant blend of old-world common sense and the most contemporary research in brain chemistry, psychology, and mind-body studies. Loretta gives you dozens of proven techniques for recognizing the ten simple truths that will lead you to an intense, happy, successful life: resilience, living in the moment, optimism, acceptance, humor, creativity, moderation, responsibility, meaning, and connection.

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Title details for Ageing and Caring by Des O'Neill - Available

Ageing and Caring A Guide for Later Life

by Des O'Neill


Although it is something that affects all of us, directly or indirectly, ageing can all too often be perceived negatively. Ageing and Caring is an essential, positive guide for older people, their carers and their families. It seeks to outline not only the challenges that can arise from ageing but also how active and rewarding life can continue to be in old age. From practical advice on remaining active in retirement, to guidance on coping with a loss of independence, Ageing and Caring provides advice on the complexities of ageing, covering an array of issues that older people and their carers may face: What you need to know about ageing — healthy ageing, managing your finances, and accessing health services Common health problems experienced by older people, such as diabetes; sight, mobility and memory difficulties; and loneliness and depression The final years of life, such as moving into a nursing home, should it be required, and advance care planningAgeing and Caring underlines the importance of well-being in old age and offers practical advice on how to maintain a happy and fulfilling life, whatever the challenges. 

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