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.