Wednesday, August 06, 2003

I was hoping someone would ask me this!!!

Mac the Coveting, Drunken Blogger asks:

'Just curious, what makes this book so good? I've read many, some good, some bullshit and some so ridiculous they're dangerous for a depressed person.'

Hi Mac,

I do agree; some of these books are dangerous! As the title reads, this book informs us of our options for healing our dis-eases. In it I have found that:

1)not all diagnoses for depression is correct.

2) most of the drugs that are given for 'depression' are ineffective or more harmful than a placebo ( I had another great doctor 15 years ago who explained that the new medicine he was giving me would clear the fog away long enough for me to re-learn how to deal with my slump. It worked....for a minute.)

3)Childhood trauma leads to depression in later life

Mac, this book is the road to healing. It's not a quick fix, or a waste of time, believe me because I've wasted a lot of time.I went to see Dr. Whitfield myself. What I've been actively working on for over 20 years with other doctors, he set me straight in 3 days! I am confident to say that I have found the right direction, finally. OK, now the work on myself begins but, I feel good knowing that it is the right approach, right direction and, like anything worth our time and effort, it will pay off. It already has. I have answers! and the answers make sense to me. This book is a great begining but the real work starts with this one:

Healing the Child Within

These are some reviews:

After a tumultuous adolescence and early adulthood I found myself in therapy. My therapist recommended that I attend a self-help group for adult children of dysfunctional families. The therapist also suggested that I read "Healing the Child Within". I didn't think I needed any self help group -at least not badly enough to go through the trouble of actually finding such a group in my area. After being in therapy for one year I read "Healing the Child Within".
I was not physically or sexually abused as a child. What I did not understand was how pervasive and harmful the emotional NEGLECT was and how it still affected me as an adult. What I learned from this book was how much I had been deprived of as a child. How feelings of fear and anxiety as an adult could be the result of childhood experience. After reading this book I was left with a very strong desire to attend a self help group. I attended my first ACoA group in October 1988 and my life has gotten better in ways I cannot put into words. This book for me was not the answer but a trigger to seek further help. But if I had not had this trigger I would not be where I am today. In the context of a trigger, I can honestly say that this book changed my life in a very profound way.

Another reader says:

This small book by Whitfield, M.D. is a great big book for anyone who has disfunctional problems, either in their own lives, or with people that they associate with. For such a "small" book it is exceptional, and has many excellent pages of graphs, pictures, and tables that allow the reader to visually "see" subjects that otherwise would be only mentally understood. Additionally, it is well organized, so the reader quickly grasps in just a few pages what might have taken chapters in other books. The chapters on self esteem, stress, and grieving show to the reader how all the disfunctional topics are inter-related, so that you can see how "one problem" is actually several problems in a persons life. Overall, an small but exceptional book full of information on the dynamics of disfunctionally, and how deeply this impacts all our lives.

Anyway, Mac,. I hope you find the healing you need. This seems to be the right direction...

take care


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