Depressive Illness

  • by Tim Cantopher
  • Narrated by Lynsey Frost
  • 4 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you suffer from depression you are not alone - it affects 15.5 million in the US, and more than 3 million in the UK - and, you are much stronger than you think. This best-selling book, written by a leading consultant psychiatrist, explains that people with depression do battle with pressures and stresses that other people would run away from, until their bodies can take no more. In this book, depression is placed authoritatively as a physical illness, from which recovery is possible.
Dr Cantopher provides a comprehensive, accessible overview of depressive illness, guiding the reader through the nature of depression, its history, symptoms, causes and treatments, as well as myths along the way. Warm and supportive, this new edition, which also includes the latest on medications, stresses that sufferers should not blame themselves, but can take hope from the fact that there is meaning in their illness, and that getting better is a real option.
Generously supplied with illuminating anecdotes and insights, it has specific advice on how to read the book if you are currently unwell, as well as valuable information for carers, medical professionals, or anyone interested in this destructive illness which is set to become the second biggest health burden in the world after heart disease.

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What the Critics Say

"In the battle to beat depression, this book represents the definitive weapon." (Ruth Lavery, DEPEND)
"This book should be read by everybody but especially by those who are affected by depression, whether they be carer, medical professional or just someone interested in this destructive illness... It offers invaluable insight into depression and promotes a level of self-awareness, which if heeded could keep many of us a lot healthier." (Depression Alliance)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Excellent book, narration questionable I feel

The content of this work is very strong, the information is solid and the author clearly knows his stuff. This is a very helpful book for anyone suffering with this disorder: for the book itself I would give five stars.

This being said I find the delivery from this narrator irritating to the nth degree - overly dramatised and insincere to my ear - I have ordered a new paperback copy as I am not going to be able to listen through to the end without having a major relapse.

I am sure that Lynsey Frost would be great with different material, but don't feel that she is playing to her strengths with this one - tries too hard and overly dramatic for such a publication. However this is just my opinion and others may well disagree. My fault I should have listened to a preview first!

Overall: great content and if you like this narration then a good investment.
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- Stair

Children's Story????

I have the book, it is a really interesting book, and I find it hard to find time to read it. Decided that the Audio version, would allow me to listen to it at times when I am doing practical stuff, but is not practical to read a book, such as whilst I am sewing, knitting, walking the dog, shopping, cleaning and driving to work.

I just find Lynsey Frost too "Davina McCall". Why does anything science related now needs to be presented to the masses as if they are incapable of understanding unless it is introduced with the enthusiasm of a Crufts Agility Dog!!! I feel as she is reading a Noddy Story - I would be less distracted if she read slightly more slowly and with less glee. Not sure how long I will be able to listen to this.

Shame - hard to find time to read and the audio version is frustrating.
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- Mrs Bea

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-05-2010
  • Publisher: Matrix Digital Publishing