In order to overcome clinical depression you must know what you are dealing with.
As is pointed out in The "How To Transform Your Life" E-Workshop, understanding is necessary for successful coping. When a problem is understood, it is much easier to change.
It is hard to win a war when you don't know the enemy. And depression can be a strong enemy indeed--An enemy that defeats many men, women, and children.
Have you been struggling with the enemy depression? If so you are not alone.
In fact, as Richard O'Connor tells us in his book, Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You, Twenty percent of the population experiences depression at one time or another.. Twenty million Americans -- or one in ten -- experience at lease one episode of major depression.
The rate of clinical depression is increasing all over the world. Depressive disorders affect all ages, races and religions
According to Paul A. Wider, author of Overcoming Depression And Manic Depression (Bipolar Depression): The Non-Drug Approach, several of the great men of history struggled with depression. These included Saint Francis of Assisi, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Theodore Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill.
Depression is described as an implacable, unpredictable Beast by Tracy Thompson. Ms. Thompson has suffered with depression since childhood. Often her depression was so severe that she, in her own words, "thought how nice it would be to kill myself." (The Beast: A Journey Through Depression, p. 5).
For years she didn't understand the disease of depression. She writes in her book that it was only after she came to terms with the disease that she was able to develop a new and better life -- a life described as one of "work, love, and ordinary happiness." (back cover)
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