Daralyse Lyons reviews From Depression to Contentment

I just finished reading From Depression to Contentment by Bob Rich, PhD. “Reading” is probably a misnomer. From Depression to Contentment is a practical guidebook to revamping our behaviors as a means of changing our inner life. It is not only engaging; it is meant to be engaged with.

I received the book roughly a week ago after a string of back-and-forth emails with the author inspired me to want to experience his work. I loved the book! It’s not perfect. One thing I find problematic about it is that I do believe that, in a small number of cases, depression requires medical intervention and the book seems to present all depression as a repetitive loop of thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. But, that said, this strikes me as incredibly helpful for anyone who wants to feel better about their experience of life. It takes complex concepts and synthesizes them down to actionable items, bolstered by memorable anecdotes. I’d have devoured it in less than a week except that, as mentioned, there are to-do exercises that I want to say “slowed me down” but that actually speed up the path of my emotional uplift.

The practices in Bob Rich, PhD’s short but substantial book, are something that I hope to integrate into my life on an ongoing basis and I highly recommend this book as a resource for anyone struggling with depression. Or not! This book can help even those of us who feel pretty good about life. Some of its practices are intuitive and others aren’t, but intentionally incorporating more joy into our lives seems to me to be something that can and will benefit anyone!

Gentling: A Practical Guide to Treating PTSD in Abused Children

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Breakthrough Treatment Offers New Hope for Recovery

Gentling represents a new paradigm in the therapeutic approach to children who have
experienced physical, emotional, and sexual abuse and have acquired Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder as a result. This text redefines PTSD in child abuse survivors by identifying
child-specific behavioral signs commonly seen, and offers a means to individualize
treatment and measure therapeutic outcomes through understanding each suffering
child's unique symptom profile. The practical and easily understood Gentling approaches
and techniques can be easily learned by clinicians, parents, foster parents, teachers and
all other care givers of these children to effect real and lasting healing. With this book,
you will:
  • Learn child-specific signs of PTSD in abused children
  • Learn how to manage the often intense reactivity seen in stress episodes
  • Gain the practical, gentle, and effective treatment tools that really help these children
  • Use the Child Stress Profile (CSP) to guide treatment and measure outcomes
  • Deploy handy 'Quick Teach Sheets' that can be copied and handed to foster parents,
    teachers, and social workers

    Clinicians Acclaim for Gentling

    "In this world where children are often disenfranchised in trauma care--and all too
    often treated with the same techniques as adults--Krill makes a compelling case for how
    to adapt proven post-trauma treatment to the world of a child."

    --Michele Rosenthal, HealMyPTSD.com

    "Congratulations to Krill when he says that 'being gentle' cannot be over-emphasized
    in work with the abused."
    --Andrew D. Gibson, PhD
    Author of Got an Angry Kid? Parenting Spike, A Seriously Difficult Child

    "William Krill's book is greatly needed. PTSD is the most common aftermath of child
    abuse and often domestic abuse as well. There is a critical scarcity of mental-health professionals
    who know how to recognize child abuse, let alone treat it."

    --Fr. Heyward B. Ewart, III, Ph.D., St. James the Elder Theological Seminary,
    author of AM I BAD? Recovering From Abusew

    Cover photo by W.A. Krill/ Fighting Chance Photography

    Learn more at www.Gentling.org

    From the New Horizons in Therapy Series at Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com

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