Beat Your Depression for Good
by CJ Green
I requested this e-book from the author Chris Green after downloading
the free e-book "How to Conquer Fear"
from the author's website. It was an easy-to-read book that made a lot
of sense, summarising everything you need to conquer fear. I forwarded
the link to my friends and family.
"Beat Your Depression" is even better. It starts with a mesmerising,
if not Hollywood blockbuster, account of the author's own journey into
anxiety-induced depression. He was a successful self-employed IT consultant
who, through a series of unfortunate events, realised that it was not
the events but the way he reacted to them that caused his depression.
His well-written story gets the reader to see how it can happen to anyone.
The book is divided into digestible sections with plenty of space to
pause and reflect. That the author is not a medical doctor and his advice
is not medical but based on his own cure makes it an interesting read.
This kind of writing follows my belief in the user becoming the expert
and sharing his experience and lessons more convincingly with other "users"
as opposed to an expert who has never experienced it himself. I have tried
to do the same with my experiences of travel, house renovation, moodiness,
decision making, and other situations.
I am always astonished when I learn of friends who are prescribed anti-depressants
and take them for their blues. Green states the side-effects of antidepressants
and reasons why they are not necessary. He says that they can help control
depression but not cure it.
Indeed when you read why depression occurs and how you can overcome it,
your mind is convinced. The problem is of course how to put your will
and logic into action.
I personally believe that an increasingly isolated society of social
disintegration fuels the likelihood of depression. The Internet invites
depressed people to peruse its contents. Could it be loneliness from isolation
and the ability to "get away with it" --- that is, that we are
allowed to fall into depression --- that makes depression a more and more
On page 64, Green writes "Get Busy." From personal experience,
I'm never depressed when I am busy, only when I've run out of energy and
allow myself to stop being busy do I experience a down moment. My goal,
ironically, is to learn the art of doing nothing without getting bored
or falling into a black hole.
Green also writes about diet, exercise, psychology, thoroughly looking
at depression from all angles. This e-book is not meant for speed reading
and certainly not for the weak-willed.
Sure, it is an easy way out to rely on a drug. And medical doctors are
in positions of power as experts on health. However, I implore you to
request the e-book from Chris Green and read it, even if you only suffer
from the occasional blues.
3 February 2005 Thursday