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Summary

In this series of talks, best-selling author and leading expert on depression Professor Paul Gilbert explores how depression affects us in different ways and offers insights into strategies that can help us cope and lift depression. Paul outlines how we can work on our thoughts, feelings and behaviours and try to develop and employ self-kindness when we feel at our worst.

Anyone suffering from depression will gain valuable insights into:

  • The nature of depression
  • How our thoughts and feelings are related
  • Looking after our body and helping it recuperate
  • Relaxation - advice and techniques
  • How our styles of thinking affect depression
  • Self-criticism
  • Being kind and compassionate to oneself
  • Becoming more active and exploring different ways to think about life's challenges.

©2007 Paul Gilbert (P)2007 Paul Gilbert

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Good guide

What made the experience of listening to Overcoming Depression the most enjoyable?

Practical life experience

What other book might you compare Overcoming Depression to, and why?

Compassionate mind
Curse of the strong

Did the narrator do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Slightly monotonous narrating

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Good book
It could do with better narrating- Rupert Farley was better

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A good companion to the book

Some helpful tips and advice but everything is covered in the book really. None the less, something here could help you with your depression, it's about finding your own combination of what works for you.

The book- if your in deep depression the book itself is a an awful lot to take in, not even a quarter the way through it I ended up with notes everywhere and stressing myself out even more. That's not to say it's bad, it's got all the right ideas but was overwhelming.

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lots of good ideas

lots of good ideas concentrates on the buddhist practice of mindfulness. Have read it once but probably worth a re listen have the book in print and on audio

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  • Matthew
  • 28-04-12

Let you "kind self" write you a letter

First, the book is by a British author and an American author might be unfamiliar with some terms like General Practitioner. Not a big deal and I don't think it will get in the way of understanding it.

I don't see that this book does much in the way of helping a depressed person because I doubt they will follow much of its advice. Can you see yourself getting in touch with your "kind self" and writing yourself a reassuring letter to be read when you are depressed?

My recommendation is to get a longer book and more comprehensive book than these overpriced, short "talks".

The narrator is the author and does about as good a job as most authors... poorly. He stumbles over his own writing at times! He tried to talk in a very soothing tone. There are a couple of times where he will be talking about doing something for 30 seconds as a relaxation technique and there will be a 30 second break in the narration.

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