A warm and wise companion to recovery

If you’re suffering from depression or low mood, you can end up feeling very alone, desperately struggling to find a way through – but recovery is possible and, in Making Friends with Depression, bestselling authors – and friends – Sarah Rayner and Kate Harrison, together with GP Dr Patrick Fitzgerald show you how. They explain that hating or fighting the ‘black dog’ of depression can actually prolong your suffering, whereas ‘making friends’ with your darker emotions by compassionately accepting these feelings can restore health and happiness.

Sarah (Making Friends with Anxiety) and Kate (The 5:2 Diet Book) write with candour, compassion and humour about lifting low mood and easing symptoms because they’ve both experienced – and recovered from – depression themselves, while GP Dr Patrick Fitzgerald draws on his clinical understanding to offer practical advice on treatment options and finding support. The book explores:

* The different types of depressive illness

* Where to seek help and how to get a diagnosis

* The pros and cons of the most commonly-prescribed medications

* The different kinds of therapy available

* Why depression can cause so many physical symptoms

* What to do if you suffer suicidal thoughts

* How to stop the spiral of negative thinking and boost self-esteem

* Evidence-based steps to improve mental health and avoid relapse

Featuring dozens of Sarah’s black and white illustrations and reflecting the latest National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines, Making Friends with Depression is succinct and surprisingly uplifting.The result is book packed with simple tips that are easy to implement thereby offering hope and guidance through the darkest of times.

‘This book achieves the (seemingly) impossible: a non-depressing book about depression!’
Betty


Paperback: £4.99
Ebook: £1.99

‘This is a REALLY helpful book. It gets straight to the point in clear English (unlike many other books on the subject) which is important as when you’re depressed it’s often difficult to concentrate. It addresses important practical matters such as ‘The cycle of negativity’ and ‘Talking to your doctor,’ in thoughtful ways. I love the illustrations, and as well as being smile-inducing, they seem to add another layer of understanding. That a practicing doctor has contributed instills confidence, so I’d whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone suffering from depression, as well as to those who are close to them.’ Miranda G.