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Nonfiction / Self-Help
Notes: Reviewer David Leonhardt is the author of Climb
your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum happiness.
It is no pun to say that reviewing
a book such as this is depressing. However, that won't stop me from
saying a few positive things about Depression Fallout. Unlike
many other books on depression, including Anne Sheffield's own previous
works, Depression Fallout is written for the oft-forgotten
spouse of a depressive rather than for the victim of the disease
Sheffield draws on her own experience
as a depressive, as well as on thousands of postings to a message
board on her web site. It is this interactive nature of her research
that brings a unique vigor to her subject. These combined experiences
provide the fodder for coping strategies she offers spouses to get
past feelings of confusion, guilt, frustration and anger.
Although it is clear and free
of excessive jargon, the writing is boring, which may be comforting
to someone coping with depression, but less so to a spouse. Those
who know they are suffering from depression or depression fallout
will find this book useful. However, as Sheffield herself points
out, most depressives and spouses do not recognize depression, so
those who could most benefit are unlikely to seek it out.
It is hard to recommend
this book, mostly because it is hard to find or define the prime
audience. However, professional therapists and personal coaches
might find it very helpful for their practices.