A delightful and uplifting read for any human being! Essential reading for anyone dealing with depression.
The time is right for this book. The world is begging for solutions to the challenge of depression becoming so pervasive across all regions and social classes. As the news reports describe depression’s advance through our world’s population, especially the young, I’ve often wondered what’s behind it — what underlying dynamics are increasing its occurrence among us? What’s great about this book is that rather than getting bogged down with the question of “Why?”, Dr. Rich focuses clearly on the question of “What can we do about it, on an individual level?” — and he’s done an outstanding job of answering that question, in full.
The author comes to this topic very well qualified. He’s not only a psychologist who’s provided therapy for decades, he explains that he personally lived with depression from a very young age. This definitely piqued my interest, as I wondered how he was able to overcome his own challenges as well as help others do the same.
This refreshing, practical guide gives hope — and answers — beyond the typical diagnosis-and-medication approach. This book is an absolute must-read for anyone dealing with depression. It’s a balm for the psyche, the application of which allows for true healing.
Dr. Rich presents a clear approach that anyone can follow and put into action. He even begins with “Basic First Aid” that anyone can apply immediately to begin making meaningful changes in everyday life. No need to wade deep into the book to start finding actionable answers. But the entire book is filled with such, and it’s written in a way that allows readers to adapt the program to themselves and their own lives — to choose what works for them personally.
The one thing that stands out about this book most in my mind is how many people Dr. Rich has helped, and how many more this book has the potential to help. But what’s most surprising is this book’s ability to uplift the reader as he or she reads it: along with its practical steps, this book imparts a clear, radiant sense of inner peace and wellbeing. This book reaches beyond the mind and emotions into the heart and soul, where deep healing can take place.
I can’t fully describe the effect this book has had on me, but some of the words I’d use are: answers, inspiration, hope, upliftment, transformation, healing, and peace. I hope many, many others read this book and experience the potential for self-healing it provides. If you know someone dealing with depression — or someone who desires greater inner peace — give them this book!
Nancy Wagaman is a personal-growth innovator whose techniques enable people to tap into deep levels of self for inner transformation and life improvement. Focused on the intersection of science and consciousness, her work springs from her years in R&D, applied intuition, and advanced degrees in applied psychology and communications.