Book Reviews

Book Review: The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression.

Depression is a state of low mood, and an aversion to activity that can affect thought, behaviour, feelings, and the physical well being of an individual.

Depressed people may feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, guilty, irritable, and restless.

Some contemplate suicide, experience insomnia, excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, aches and pains, digestive problems, and resist treatment.

More and more North Americans are experiencing depression (short or long).Some seek medical help, some lack resources while others decide to live with it hoping that it the body will somehow cure the depression.

The author presents in this clearly written book many solutions to get over depression in a step-by-step fashion.

He includes in his plans, physical exercises to avert, and partially cure depressions.

The text is accessible, easily assimilated, pragmatic, “distilled”, and approaches this undesirable mental condition in a schematic fashion.

“We live in a culture where there is a pill for every purpose. We treat sorrow with antidepressants, ordinary tensions with tranquilizers, and active young boys with Ritalin”, writes the author, and he is stating the fact that the North American society depends very much on drugs for even natural human conditions that usually the “body or mind” corrects effortlessly. This is mainly due to convenience, and the constant advertising of drug manufacturers in an attempt to increase profits.

This is a valuable book and guide for people prone to depression, and for those who live with individuals with perceived or real depression.