(See A for anti-depressants)

I found the book ‘’Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong’’ by Dr.Tim Cantopher very enlightening. As well as removing the stigma from depression it explains in a simple way what is actually happening and how to fix it. A friend of mine who has suffered from depression says it is like being locked in a hell of distortion. Symptoms can include a long period of feeling worried or empty, loss of interest in activities once enjoyed, including sex. Feeling tired or “slowed down”. Having problems concentrating, remembering, and making decisions. Being restless or irritable, changing eating, sleeping, or other habits and at its worst thinking of death or suicide, or even attempting suicide. In order to recognise being tired or overwhelmed we are required literally and metaphorically ‘’to leave the vacuum cleaner in the middle of the room’’ and stop whatever you are doing when exhausted. It can and must wait.

In a depressive episode, it is essential to rest the body physically almost all of the time. Most people are too guilty to do this or do not have a support network which is why recovery can be very difficult. This little easy-to-read book is from a long comprehensive series of books called ‘’Overcoming Common Problems’’ which pretty much tackles every known condition and complaint. There is also a useful website entitled www.overcoming.co.uk

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