You are Not Your Depression challenges the feelings of hopelessness experienced by the depressed and offers practical suggestions about how to use their resources to deal with the dark periods. Karin Porter discusses everything from getting out of bed in the morning to healthy nutrition, to using talismans to stay in touch with feelings of optimism. She puts the depressed person in touch with the larger picture of life so easily lost when depression descends. That picture is best expressed in the phrase, “You are Not Your Depression”.
Reviews and Endorsements:
In You are Not Your Depression Karin Porter keys in on one of the most difficult features of the state of depression: the tendency to take the depressed view of the world as the final truth. Here the depressed person loses touch with memories of those times when depression does not reign. Porter suggests measures that can be taken to widen the severely narrowed perspective that characterizes depression and to experience, through practical action, that the victim of depression is not helpless in the face of its dark grip. Adam Crabtree, author of Memoir of a Trance Therapist and From Mesmer to Freud
In You are Not Your Depression, Karin Porter offers a very useful addition to the impressive literature on the psychological condition that has been famously referred to as the “Black Dog”. In her conclusion Porter states that “ (Depression) is a state that needs to be challenged in any way possible”. This book, with it’s common sense, directness, understanding and compassion elucidates clearly many of the ways that challenge can be mounted. Porter’s book will be an invaluable tool for the multitude of people who suffer from depression. Peter Dales, faculty of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy
About the Author:
Karin Porter is a Registered Psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto. She is a graduate of the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy. She has a background and interest in working with depression, anxiety, and dissociation.