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Summary

Depression is living in a body that fights to survive...with a mind that tries to die.

Depression is fear, despair, emptiness, numbness, shame, embarrassment and the inability to recognise the fun, happy person you used to be.

Depression is the incapacity to construct or envision a future.

Depression is losing the desire to partake in life.

Depression can cause you to feel completely alone, even when you’re surrounded by people.

Worst of all, depression can convince you that there’s no way out. It can convince you that your pain is eternal, and destined to oppress you for the rest of your days. And it's when you're in that horrifically black place, staring down the barrel of what you truly believe can only be a lifetime of wretched agony, that your thoughts turn to suicide - because depression has convinced you that it’s the only way out.

But depression is a liar.

Recovery IS possible - and I can prove it to you.

My name’s Danny Baker, and for four years, I suffered from life-threatening bouts of depression that led to alcoholism, drug abuse, medicine-induced psychosis and multiple hospitalisations. But over time, I managed to recover, and these days, I’m happy, healthy, and absolutely love my life.

This is a memoir that recounts my struggle and eventual triumph over depression. It is highly recommended for the following people:

People who don’t believe that it’s possible to recover from depression and find happiness again (I will show you that it is); people who keep relapsing over and over again, and accordingly believe that they’ll never truly be free of depression (I’ll explain why you keep relapsing, and tell you what I did to ensure that, over time, my relapses occurred less and less frequently before eventually petering out for good); people with depression who want to feel understood (you’ll in all likelihood be able to relate to the majority of my story and after reading it, I promise you that you’ll feel far less alone); people whose perfectionistic tendencies contribute to their depression (being a perfectionist contributed to my depression in a major way, but I’ll show you what I did to control those tendencies so that they stopped triggering my depression); people who drink and take drugs to cope with their depression (no judgement here - I did it too - but after seeing how much it exacerbated my depression, you’ll hopefully choose to stop); people who are close to a loved one who suffers from depression and want to better understand the illness (I promise I’ll give it to you straight and not sugar-coat a thing).

 NB: This is a re-release of a previously-published audiobook.

©2016 Danny L Baker (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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fantastic listen

ive just finished this. it was a briliant listen. i siffer from manic deppression and have done since i was 13 im now 29. i realy gained alot of info from this. a big help to anyone who is suffering or maybe a loved one to understand this cruel ilness more.

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Great listen, good on you Danny

I was with him all the way and could relate a lot. The narrator was great. Highly recommended.

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I can relate to this guy

It's a real life book told without smoothing the edges of what it's like to suffer from depression. Lots of swearing but that's the reality. Easy to listen to and some good tips.

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Very honest and relatable

I think Danny L Baker does a pretty solid job of conveying the effects of depression that a young adult can experience. The initial confusion and denial, the ensuing inner conflict and turmoil, the coping mechanisms or dependencies, and the fear of not knowing if you will ever overcome it. Some people seem to not like the excessive swearing, but it is a glimpse into the very raw and very unfiltered mode that I think most young men myself included keep bottled up the majority of the time, not to mention the guy is an aussie, it would be weird if he wasn't swearing every sentence.

Overall, a very interesting listen and a great performance by Gary Furlong, although I would say that the fact that he overcomes or perhaps rather learns to counteract his depression, partially based off of finding people in worse states to compare himself to, when one of his later guiding principles is to not compare yourself to others, something which we all do and usually end up feeling inferior due to often looking up and not down, further reinforces my belief that we all can find subjective meaning from things that could be construed as inherently wrong whilst claiming to know better, justifying it, or being ignorant to the possible hypocrisy. These actions themselves are almost completely unavoidable and the whole idea that you need to reprogram your brain and must have therapy to do so is a somewhat contrived notion that I don't think is done out of ill will here yet assumes that everyone can travel the same path is perhaps a tad optimistic. We do need more methods of help and books are a great resource, but for people to be making money off of mental health, this book included, still urks me slightly, I'm sure others feel the same way. This being said, the book is relatable and mostly grounded, causing you to pose several questions to yourself that many of us need to ask which will hopefully lead to a better understanding of one's self.

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Too much repetition on degree high distinction, listing out countries travelled etc. not terribly helpful

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Too much swearing

I'm not prudish, and I do swear myself. However, the use of the F word was just to much. Every sentence seemed to have at least one. I got so fed up of it that I have sent the book back.

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insightful

loved it. what a strong willed, superb human being. love and light for the future xx

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Lots of disturbing swearing!

I couldn’t listen calmly because the swearing was so disturbing!!! So upset that I had to write down this review.

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Listen and make change

This book puts a lot of my thoughts into perspective I’m not the only one.
The main issue is to make changes and not to keep going round in circles.
Fingers crossed that it works

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more about him than me.

talented sort of guy didn't really relate to much to it.. I've been in some right pickles not sure this has any bearing ,some of it does a lot of flannel in the middle. think the guy means well and seems really good man but hey doesn't really cut it.

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  • 28-11-18

I really enjoyed this book!

I definitely could relate with almost all of everything that he spoke of. I loved the few cursing rants he would describe through out the book, made me feel like a friend was just talking to me! Thank you for sharing your experience Danny, it lets me know that I'm on the right path.

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  • Nawaf al-jassar
  • 27-10-20

Another depression storey

Short as it is there was a full paragraph repeated taken from the beginning of the book
I kept listening in hopes that there is something other than the authors experience with depression...... Didnt find it

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  • Daryus
  • 16-08-21

Spectacular

Absolutely amazing and very encouraging I started this book not really knowing what I’ll get out of it and am blessed to have read it.

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  • Elefterios Kampianakis
  • 11-04-21

A Depression stepstory

At a lot of points of the book I thought “omg that is exactly me”. I related a lot. Not much of a solution book but a history of mental health with a hopeful ending. That’s exactly what I needed tho.

Helped me understand that my depression and my addiction are best buddies. Helped me admit to myself that I got a problem and I need help (step 1). It’s a good place to be. Thanks.

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  • 05-10-20

Relatable, honest, inspiring.

As someone who has also struggled on and off again with debilitating depression, I found this book to be very inspiring and yet very honest. Thank you Danny.

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  • Jesselyn
  • 08-11-19

helpful

very informative and correct. I felt what he felt as he told his story. yay