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Before I start writing about the book, I think it might help to give you a little background, as to why I bought the book in the first place.
I have written about my depression before on here, and how it has been an integral part of my life for many years. However I have still managed to start several businesses, get married, have three wonderful children and study for a degree, in between all the goings on at Stebiz HQ.
But no matter how much money I have in the bank, how proud I am of my wife and kids, how new my car is, I still suffer from depression. This has meant that I have read a lot about the condition, and still do read a lot about it, in order to try and understand it. Maybe then I can defeat it without all kinds of tablets etc., which I have had in the past, but at present refuse to take, in order to try and use natural therapy to make me feel better.
I was listening to the radio one night and heard an interview with Dr. Tim Cantopher, who was trying to give his argument that there are several kinds of depression. The kind he was talking about, was the type which targeted 'the strong' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00fzr8p
His argument was that in life there are those who demand so much from themselves, and life, that no matter what life brings them it will never be good enough. They will always be unhappy. They strive for targets which are unachievable in the long run, and take too much on.
This kind of depression is extremely common in professional people. People expect so much of them, that they target even higher expectations of themselves. Also common in the likes of Police and Doctors, were they are never expected to get anything wrong, and how they are relied on so much. Yet, others, who have no targets in life (illness and mourning aside) have nothing to get depressed about, as their bodies aren't pushed to limits anyway.
Although the book is only quite thin, with less than 130 pages, it is concise and it really does feel as if the author is talking straight at you. Dr Cantopher also says in the book, how he can even tell from a young age, how certain individuals portray signs of what will develop into a depressive illness.
He tries in his book, to stop people developing it full on, and shows techniques on how he would change their lifestyle. He uses great examples on how he would purposely go out and 'fail' at certain sports, just to adjust his body and mind, in to feeling that it is okay to lose. He tries to get across how we can't all be good at everything.
The book itself, covered certain parts of my condition, but I'm not sure it covers it all. My depression is a bit more deeper, than just merely being unhappy with the stresses of everyday life. But I'll keep reading, and plodding on, and will one day, overcome this terrible beast. In the meantime, if you find yourself, getting depressed due to targets, the rat race etc in life, this book could just be the one for you. It is quite easy reading, and won't take a lot to get through. For a fiver, well worth it.
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