Listening to Depression: How Understanding Your Pain Can Heal Your Life
Psychologist Lara Honos-Webb applies her trend-setting, outside-the-box thinking to one of the most common mental health diagnoses: depression. Instead of directing their energies to overcoming or getting rid of depression, Honos-Webb helps her readers see periods of depression as opportunities for growth and introspection. Each chapter of the book discusses a different aspect of depression as a gift or positive opportunity. Depression can be the start of a reorientation in life, a step in the search for meaning, or a chance for letting go of hurtful aspects of the self. It can also be a chance to deal with grief and loss and learn to expand possibilities. The book concludes with a section of advice about when it is important to defend against depression and how best to go about it when the need arises. 192 pp.
Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. She is author of The Gift of ADHD and more than twenty-five scholarly articles. Her work has been featured in Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and Publisher's Weekly, as well as newspapers, radio and television programs. She specialises in the treatment of ADHD, depression, and the psychology of pregnancy and motherhood.