- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Loving Healing Press (10 February 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1615994351
- ISBN-13: 978-1615994359
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 0.8 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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From Depression to Contentment: A Self-Therapy Guide Paperback – 10 Feb 2019
"Have you been diagnosed with depression? Do you believe you’re stuck with it, because of your genetics, your brain chemistry, your past or your circumstances? Luckily, you’re not. In From Depression to Contentment, Dr. Bob Rich reveals how you can re-engineer your life to beat depression. The book is empowering, empathetic and written with great intelligence. The guide draws on many proven therapeutic techniques, and Dr. Bob adds something new and creative to each one, making them even more powerful. The author generously interweaves his own story of recovering from depression with other case studies and examples, making the book very relatable and easy to understand. The essential message of the book is that you can beat depression by improving the quality of your thinking, your behavior and your life. There are a couple of sections that appear to veer away from the main topic, but don’t skip them, because they offer uplifting stories full of hope, inspiration and motivation. Overall, a wonderfully refreshing and practical self-help guide to healing from depression and living a fulfilling life."
-- Beth Burgess, psychotherapist, author of Instant Wisdom, The Happy Addict, and The Recovery Formula
"Dr. Bob Rich has created a simple and direct guide to beat back depression for good. Put forth in easy to digest bits, the approach uses small, effective steps to move past the overwhelm of depression. Written in a conversational tone, Dr. Rich expresses his personal and professional understanding of the toll depression takes on one's life, while avoiding technicalities of the condition. If you're looking to move past depression without drugs, then this practical guidebook is for you."
-- Diane Wing, M.A., author of The Happiness Perspective: Seeing Your Life Differently
"Depression can be turned into a positive and can actually enrich our lives if we just try. It is not easy to acquire the skills and the knowledge necessary to learn to cope well and to recover, but this book will make the effort easier. Specific interventions - like guided imagery and mindfulness meditation - are suggested and explained. All-in-all, this is a valuable manual on how to live well with depression and acquire the right skills and knowledge that will tame the depression to a point where the person will live well without being affected by symptoms."
-- Alfredo Zotti, author of Alfredo’s Journey: An Artist's Creative Life with Bipolar Disorder
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This is one of the best instructional books I’ve ever read. I've not only learned much from it but discovered so much about my own life. “From Depression to Contentment” is not in any way a religious book but it gave me the same kind of solace many people get from the Bible and its equivalents in other religions. After dealing with relieving depression, which he understands because he has suffered the pain himself, he explains concepts such as Hedonic Adaptation. This is that whatever happens around us, people return to their customary level of happiness or misery. He teaches how to improve our resilience and eventually even explains how to be a therapist through unconditional love, empathy and genuineness.
The book should be compulsory reading in schools, for students of all ages, up to mine, which is older than most.
Let me explain how it relates to my life. I went from Australia to Thailand, supposedly for two years, but ended up staying permanently. The lifestyle of the poor farmers exactly illustrates what Bob Rich is talking about in this book. They know they will forever be poor and downtrodden by the extremely rich who work hard to keep things that way. And yet, the farmers stay contented, following the philosophy I find in “From Depression to Contentment:” the principles of Buddhism. They have never learned envy or want, so are simply content with their lot. It's a relief after my life of business.
I see this book as “How to Enjoy Life Even if You Have Been Depressed.” 5 stars indeed!
Kev Richardson, Historian, Biologist and world traveller
reviewed by Dr David Morawetz, Counselling Psychologist
Dr Bob Rich’s book is based on good science, and It is enjoyable to read. Many books take a single approach as the solution to all ills, for example Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT. Bob’s book starts with CBT, but then offers other approaches. As he writes accurately, “Nothing works for everyone, but something works for everyone.” He then goes beyond therapy and covers positive psychology tools that allow you to rise far above “normal.” Even more effective is his focus on meaning-of-life questions. He suggests to the reader that life is not about money, or things, or power, or popularity, or even about happiness, but about service.
This is a well-designed, well-thought-out tool for improving your life.