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Climbing Out of Depression [Paperback]

Sue Atkinson
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Aug. 1 2005
Countless people suffer from depression, and getting out of it is difficult. This book offers practical, humane, and spiritual help, providing a wealth of practical advice and ideas for overcoming it. Sue Atkinson writes not as an expert, but as someone who knows the feelings from close personal experience. She offers a varied menu of hints, quotations, and illustrations, and aims to reach the reader at any mood or need of the moment.

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'This is wise stuff, with resonance that lingers on long after it is over, none more than the hope it offers, born of experience.' -- Ann Pilling The Door

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SUE ATKINSON is the author of CLIMBING OUT OF DEPRESSION, a highly successful book which has proved invaluable to many sufferers because it is written from the point of view of a sufferer rather than an 'expert'. She is a specialist in mathematics education and has co-authored a definitive maths teaching scheme. The wife of a CoE archdeacon, she has two adult children and seven grandchildren, and lives in London.

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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST DEPRESSION BOOK EVER June 16 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is incredible. Having had depression since I was six years old, I thought I would never be free of it. When I first read this book, I cried because I'd never before come across anyone who knew how it felt. It was like the author was inside my head.
The advice and practical solutions are fantastic and really work. Now I am able to catch my depression before I get suicidal, which is brilliant.
I keep it by my bed and read it whenever I am feeling I am slipping.
If you have depression you must get this book. It could save your life.
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4.0 out of 5 stars like having a guardian angel guide you to happiness..... Jan. 18 2003
By Nadia555 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A brilliant, informative book that is divided into small chapters, charts and activities. It is very reader-friendly, and can be used as a reference book rather than a read-back-to-front novel....
Sue Atkinson isn't a psychotherapist or doctor, but a regular person like you or me, who has experienced depression first hand and has lived to tell the tale and offer practical advice to sufferers. I found the activities particularly helpful, because they encourage soul-searching and self-understanding. Sue Atkinson encourages us to tune into our feelings, rather than masking them. She believes that hardships, both situational and emotional, should be brought to the fore and dealt with. She does not write in a condescending tone; and she is a highly literate author, especially considering this is her debut book.
My only problem with this book is the abundant references to Christianity, as the author of this book is a devout Christian. She means well, by telling us that religion was her savior and ray of light in the pit of darkness.....but I would find that most discouraging if I was Atheist or Agnostic. She preaches, ever-so-subtley, that Jesus saved her soul, and this comes across as blind faith rather than an intellectual realization, and is most inconsistant with the other messages in the book.
If you can look past her religious references, you will be rewarded with a very practical guide to recovery from depression. It is delivered with understanding, empathy, and hope. I recommend this book for any and all sufferers of depression, guilt, anxiety, and phobia, as well as those seeking to be informed about such conditions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it to me March 27 2014
By Nancy O'Leary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this book when I was in one of my very down periods. She describe my depression at that time to a tee. I was thankful someone else had once felt the same and managed to overcome it. This book helped me to gain insight and to have hope for a better tomorrow.
3.0 out of 5 stars Book Review April 1 2013
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helpful and good - just seems to bounce all over place with references to lists and table ie.) next chapter, discussed in chapter 19 etc...
3.0 out of 5 stars Like talking with a well-meaning friend, but not too helpful May 1 2010
By Fairly Feisty - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book seemed about 3 times longer than it needed to be. What I got from it was that a lot of what I feel is normal for people with depression and I'm not the only one with these feelings. That was comforting, but it doesn't really get into why and how a person gets there without doing these odd activities. The activities don't seem like they would be helpful unless you had a professional working with you on them. I'm a do-it-yourselfer and like to take on activities on my own, and I found these confusing.
I would say you can read the first chapter and see if this book is going to be helpful to you. I read the whole thing waiting for something to kick in and it didn't really happen to any notable degree. If you don't feel like you relate to her, you don't need to read the entire book. You'll know if it's going to work for you pretty quickly.
I'm now reading Undoing Depression and getting a lot more out of it. A lot of reviews for that book gave it lower ratings for being out-of-date, but my version is 2010 and I've already gotten so much out of the first 70 pages that I'm very encouraged that it will make a difference for me. The author speaks from the expertise of his PhD, and being a depression sufferer himself who lost his mother to suicide at 15.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST DEPRESSION BOOK EVER June 16 2004
By Emma Hawes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is incredible. Having had depression since I was six years old, I thought I would never be free of it. When I first read this book, I cried because I'd never before come across anyone who knew how it felt. It was like the author was inside my head.
The advice and practical solutions are fantastic and really work. Now I am able to catch my depression before I get suicidal, which is brilliant.
I keep it by my bed and read it whenever I am feeling I am slipping.
If you have depression you must get this book. It could save your life.
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