PHOENIX RISING by Anthony J. Schwarz
12 Golden Keys To Unlock Your Depression
The Phoenix Group Publishing - June 2001
ISBN: 0970874707 - Trade Paperback
Non-Fiction / Self-Help

Reviewed by Pam Stone,
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First off let me say that "Phoenix Rising" is one of the best books I have ever read. It is told from the personal perspective of a person that lives with manic depression where as other books are written from a clinical point of view. More than likely, by a doctor that has never been through depression and cannot understand the reality of what it does to the person that has it. Tony Schwarz suffered with severe bouts of depression -- each one becoming worse that the last. He was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Tony felt that, by writing this book, he could help other people with the same disorder and help their family understand how to help their loved ones.

Tony writes of 12 Golden Keys to unlock your depression. He developed the program by combining his spiritual principals with the 12-steps, first founded by Alcoholics Anonymous. To do this, he combined each step with holistic healthy habits. He also stresses the importance of finding a good doctor and the correct anti-depressant medicine.

I found "Phoenix Rising" to be a very candid, open, and honest portrayal of a person's battle with depression. I think this book is extraordinary. Thank you Mikel Schwartz and family for bringing this issue to the forefront to help others. Your father would be very proud.

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