Genres: Non-fiction, Mental Health
I have received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Depression is part of my life for so long I cannot pinpoint exactly when it started. Last year, it got worse than it’s ever been before, and I’ve needed medical attention and medication to help deal with it. Right now, I am doing therapy, taking medication regularly and paying attention to the symptoms so they never get that bad again. Which is why, when I was offered to read this workbook, I accepted almost immediately.
I am extremely privileged to live in a country that allows me access to all those things I need to get better, but not everyone is this lucky, which is where this book comes in. Its objective is to reduce barriers for people to get help and to give tips on how to have a healthier lifestyle – specially for those people who have a milder form of depression and might be hesitant to start medication. It doesn’t substitute a therapist at all! It’s a book for supporting you.
The language of this book was the best surprise for me. It read like a chat with someone who understands you and has been there before. Makes you feel less alone. This explains things step-by-step in a clear way that I found very appealing. I’ve copied the Thought Record Worksheet and will use it on my bullet journal, along with some sheets for a gratitude list and other tools from this book.
I loved the experience of feeling myself becoming more aware of my thoughts and separating them from the person I am. Of coming up with a plan to make my life a little better, my thoughts a little kinder. I recommend this highly, specially if you are not sure about consulting a doctor or looking for a therapist or taking medication, but would still like to do something about your depression.
I will definitely get a paperback and probably a copy for my therapist and some people I know.
“You’re not weak or crazy for feeling depressed.”