- better understand the nature of depression and how it affects both patient and carer
- have a clearer understanding of the treatment options for the patient, including medication and therapy
- lessen the impact of the illness on the carer's life
- find the help and support they need
- maintain their own well-being whilst supporting the patient through to recovery and beyond
Although aimed at the carer, this is a guide that is equally valuable to the patient themselves and to their wider family and friends in promoting a better understanding of the experience of depression.
This is a great book for those that have found themselves in the sometimes bewildering world of caring for loved one with Depression.
Sometimes it can be really hard to understand what is going on with the person suffering and why they are behaving the way they are.
It is a short book, i read this within a coupe of hours.
In part one and two, Tony Frais gives a very accurate and insightful description of depression and the effect it has on quality of life from both the sufferers and carers perspective.
'There is a constant emotional tension... every day i wake up and think- what is going to happen today, what will they be like today?'
Reading the carers section really was like reading something that i had written myself and to be honest i felt a sense of relief that other carers were experiencing the same thoughts, feelings and frustrations.
Parts three to seven focus on seeking help and treatment for the sufferer, there is some sound advice here for accessing the best support.
I felt a bit disappointed that Part Eight-Caring for the carer is quite brief with a recommendation to visit a GP if you are starting to become unwell or struggling to cope.
I think its important to recognise that self-care behaviour, asking for help from family and friends and a carers assessment are also options to explore when a carer needs support, although the writer does mention using carer groups in a previous part i feel this could have been expanded upon here too.
The books ends with some key messages which summarises the advice given throughout the book and then lists some useful websites to visit for advice.
I would definitely recommend this book to a carer, especially if the reader has little experience or understanding of depression because for me part one is the best part of this book.
The advice given is sound and sensible although my cynical brain tends to question whether the GP and mental health services available will meet the expectation of the author. Maybe he has been lucky in the area that he lives
If you wish to buy this book it is available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle