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Back from the Brink : True Stories and Practical Help for Overcoming Depression and Bipolar Disorder

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If you have severe depression or bipolar disorder, you may find it difficult to take that first step toward recovery. You aren't alone. In our society, many people with depression or bipolar disorder do not seek therapy or medical treatment due to the stigma that surrounds mental illness. Even people in "progressive" communities may not want to admit that they are on antidepressants or mood-balancing medications. Isn't it time we changed the way we thought about these illnesses?

Centered on interviews with several people from of all walks of life, including Bob Boorstin, the director of public policy at Google, former tennis star Cliff Ritchey, and talk-show host Trisha Goddard, Back from the Brink offers people with depression and bipolar disorder real hope and real advice, as well as practical tools for putting what they've learned into practice in recovering from their symptoms. In addition to real interviews, the book also includes chapters that outline practical treatment and medication information that are based on recent research and a major global survey.

This book came about in part because the author, Graeme Cowan, went through a five-year episode of depression which his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated. This fueled Cowan's desire to prevent others from going the same thing. Through this horrific experience, and his own extensive research, Cowan has guided, taught, and inspired countless people through his books.

If you are ready to put one foot in front of another and take that daunting first step toward getting better, the true stories and treatment strategies presented in this book will both inform you and inspire you to make a real change.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 229 x 14mm | 330g
  • Oakland, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1608828565
  • 9781608828562
  • 108,861

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"Powerful personal testimonies from those of us who have experienced mental health problems can inspire as well as shift public perceptions. As we know from anti-stigma work at Time to Change, personal disclosure can dissolve stereotypes and support recovery. This amazing book really puts people in the driving seat of their own recovery and is helpful, hopeful, and empowering."
--Sue Baker, director of Time to Change "Too many books about depression and bipolar disorder share only one person's thoughts and journey in dealing with one of these disorders. But in Back from the Brink, Graeme Cowan provides insightful and heartfelt interviews with eight others who've made the journey and come out the better for it. Cowan's engaging interview style and thoughtful questions make it easy to take away inspiration and hope from the book. Friends, family, and anyone who's grappled with depression or bipolar disorder will appreciate the worth of Cowan's valuable contribution."
--John M. Grohol, PsyD, founder of psychcentral.com, the leading online mental health network, and coauthor of Self-Help That Works "Back from the Brink is an extraordinary collection of interviews with famous and not-so-famous individuals who have lived through the experience of depression and bipolar disorder. It provides invaluable insights and practical advice. It also sends the message, 'You are not alone, ' to anyone struggling with mental illness, and reminds families and friends how much a difference their support can make in the journey toward recovery."
--Michael J. Fitzpatrick, MSW, executive director at NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) "Depression and bipolar disorder are serious illnesses, but they can be safely and effectively treated. The incredible personal stories in Cowan's book show that people suffering from these illnesses are not alone, and that recovery is possible. The practical advice contained in this book will provide a path to recovery, as well as hope that a fulfilling life is within everyone's reach."
--C. Edward Coffey, MD, vice president of Henry Ford Health System; CEO of Behavioral Health Services; and Kathleen and Earl Ward Chair of Psychiatry, Henry Ford Hospital "Depression is deeply personal and intense in a way that others may find difficult to comprehend. That's why individual stories are crucial if we are to educate and combat public stigma. Back from the Brink does just that."
--Geoffrey Gallop, DPhil, professor and director of the graduate school of Government at the University of Sydney and former Premier of Western Australia "This is a brave book that will certainly help remove stigma, and provides real hope and practical help."
--Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
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About Graeme Cowan

Graeme Cowan went through a five-year episode of depression which his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated. This fueled his desire to prevent others from going the same thing. Through this horrific experience, and his own extensive research, he has guided, taught, and inspired countless people through his books, keynote speaking, and media appearances. Graeme Cowan lives in Australia.
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