Defeating Depression

The Calm and Sense Way to Finding Happiness and Satisfaction

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
224 Pages
Reviewed on 07/13/2011
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Author Biography

Leo Battenhausen is a psychotherapist in private practice in Rahway, NJ. He has worked in psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, mental health centers, employee assistance programs and numerous other venues where he obviously mastered his craft of truly "HELPING" others "FEEL GOOD AND RIGHT" about who they are!

From his numerous radio appearances and the MANY clients he has helped, he clearly uses "Calm and Sense" in all his work helping people feel comfortable and open with him! Unlike others in the field, Battenhausen does not come across as one who relies on "psychobabble" or the usual questions such as "how do you feel about that?" Instead of a Dr. "MMHMM" he is a therapist of SOLUTION-BASED care!

His book "Defeating Depression: The Calm and Sense Way to Happiness and Satisfaction" reads like a visit to his living room! Comfortable, caring, helpful and REAL! Whether you are "depressed," unhappy, or just in need of a better, clearer way to see life, "Defeating Depression" is a MUST READ! It is CHOCKED FULL of "Calm and Sense" and will help ANYONE, regardless of where you are in life! We believe we will be seeing and hearing much more from this author/therapist!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sylvia Heslin for Readers' Favorite

In the book Defeating Depression: The Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and Satisfaction, author Leo J. Battenhausen explains how his many different techniques can help to conquer, overcome and restore a life that is wrought with despair and depression. One of the main techniques that he uses that lays a foundation for all of his other techniques, is the use of a term that that he calls Calm and Sense. With this approach, a person learns more positive ways to handle life’s stresses, difficulties, and life’s setbacks in a more empowering way. Author Leo J Battenhausen also goes through s of what can cause and lead someone to depression. He gives case studies on clients of his that sought his help with their depression and their relationship problems. By doing this, author Leo J. Battenhausen shows compassion, and lets the readers know and understand that they are not alone on their journey to seek help and recovery in dealing with depression.

Defeating Depression by author Leo J. Battenhausen has to be one of the most remarkable and the most profound self-help books that I have ever read on depression in my life time. I too have had to struggle with major depression for most of my life and I have read many books on the subject. This book by far as been more helpful with its clear, concise, practical, and no nonsense approach to defeating and beating depression than any other book that I have come across throughout the years. And not only does this book cover all of the basic ways to overcoming depression, it also gives readers precise details on what a person needs to lead a life of emotional prosperity and not a life that is based on misery and suffering. I loved how the author uses the analogy that life is happening right now- and that life isn’t a dress rehearsal, it’s the show! Every day is show time, and the time to act is now. There are just so many things that I loved about this book. I can only say that anyone who has ever dealt with depression, despair, or the pangs of loneliness in relationship matters needs to own a copy of this book, and I wished that author Leo J. Battenhausen had written this book long before now.

Frank Bines

I read this book right after it was published and became a #1 Best Seller. I found it to be an excellent read and highly recommend it. It is very well written and easy for a layman to follow. Some of the experiences and circumstances, I found, can be related to my own life. And therefore, after reading the book, I was able to put them in perspective.

Elizabeth M.

This book is all about defeating depression. Leo Battenhausen provides practical advice on how to cope with this particular issue. He discusses the five minute rule (where a person asks himself if a problem can get resolved in five minutes) and the ten year rule (Will the problem be resolved or matter in 10 years?). This helps someone to develop calm and sense about situations in order to minimize mental disorders that can arise easily if someone is dealing with depression.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to overcome depression. The author did a fantastic job making it practical for the reader to understand the concepts that were presented throughout. I appreciated the calm and sense aspect of it because these are important when dealing with depression so that a person is able to enjoy life fully. Not only that, but since this is a common phenomenon that many deal with on a regular basis, I believe that a person will gain new skills to become a success and conquer his/her issues. Those in the medical and mental health fields would also benefit reading this book because of the practicality of it. As a result, I believe people everywhere will have some level of peace in their lives because of reading this book.

J'son L.

Having endured two significant losses in my life (the death of my grandmother and the subsequent death of my mother), I found myself with a cloud hanging over me. I felt “heavy” and isolated myself from people and events which previously brought me pleasure. As much as I tried, I could not shake off this feeling. It became abundantly clear to me that something was wrong as I drove in to work each morning and would begin to cry for no apparent reason. Through therapy aided by antidepressants, I now find myself in a much better place. Due to my own unique experience, I was intrigued by the book "Defeating Depression" by Leo J. Battenhausen. Battenhausen introduces the reader to what he calls the “Calm and Sense” way to find happiness and satisfaction, and draws upon his own research and experiences (personally and professionally) to drive home the point that “it is all manageable; life can be brighter, happier and more wonderful if we learn to use Calm and Sense in all we think and do.” As I read the first two chapters, I couldn’t help but wonder if “Calm and Sense” could not be simplified to “Common Sense.” In no way am I simplifying this author’s approach, but as I continued to read, one thing became very clear: depression, in whatever state, is the manifestation of a struggle with some aspect of our life.

I agree with the author that reading this book felt like sitting and talking with a trusted friend. "Defeating Depression" is intended to help those battling depression find peace in their lives. I found the book to be much more enlightening than that. This book, though not a substitute for professional evaluation, will surely teach you to love, appreciate and accept yourself.

Alice D.

Self-help books abound but "Defeating Depression" is a keeper and well-worth adding to anyone's list. Each page is filled with common sense information that can be applied to daily life. Author Battenhausen cites known facts such as by 2020, depression will be the second largest killer after heart disease. He gives practical suggestions that reduce depression such as turning off the nightly television news, finding something to laugh about, getting a good night's sleep and re-examining current medications. But then Leo Battenhausen goes into explaining Calm and Sense, the tools that will help the reader find happiness and satisfaction. Calm will allow a person to endure a negative experience and then move on with life. Sense will give the ability to sense one's self-worth and come out of a bad time appreciating and accepting one's self and making changes only if something needs changing. Does "Defeating Depression" really work? Read, apply the author's advice and find out!

"Defeating Depression" is both well-written and easy to apply in daily life. It does not avoid telling the reader that bad things will happen, that someone will say something really negative about the reader, but all events are endurable because, as the author writes on page 108, "We are all good people and deserve love, value and respect." Calm pertains to our feelings while sense helps us accept who we are. "Defeating Depression: The Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and Satisfaction" guides anyone who reads it into a better frame of mind as it is practical and useful. This is a self-help book for everyone, even the most balanced of personalities.

Bernadette A.

The author bases this book on a theory of Calm and Sense. After defining both Calm and Sense the author goes on to explain how to put it in action. Calm and Sense isn’t always easy for it means learning to control yourself and many are not capable of doing that. I’d like to throw in my two cents at this point; I’m disturbed at the percentage of people who do not attempt to understand depression and its effects. Depression is real and dangerous and needs to be treated. However, I know people who use the diagnosis to keep their family hostages. We all have problems. This book isn’t about the simple problems of life; it is about the persons who allow those problems to consume them. I like the way Leo J. Battenhausen approaches this topic. He is very organized and practical. He recognizes the downfalls of depression. People always feel that things would be better if they had a better job or more money or a different spouse. I could go on and on. The person with depression sees things differently. Instead of accepting things as they are and working with what they have, the depressed person is always searching for something better. His or her problems are never their own fault but the fault of their job, finances or family.

Leo J. Battenhausen is talented author. He approaches the topic of depression in a logical manner and lends his vast experience to his book. He recognizes that medications often just disguise the symptoms and encourages readers to believe in themselves. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to others.

Anna del C. Dye

This book is based on the author’s research, personal experiences, and his clients’ real life experiences. This is very good book for those who are ready to make a commitment and get rid of depressions. Everything in this book points to a complete recovery and a brand new look for the reader’s future. Battenhausen has learned much with his patients and he is sharing those findings with all those who are ready to take over their lives and have a fulfilling future. Depression is a horrible sickness, and, when it plagues someone, it afflicts not only them but also all those who care for the affected person. It is very hard to get rid of. Battenhausen uses Calm and Sense to teach his clients how to take charge. It is a lot of work, but everything in it is doable if you want your happiness back badly. Regardless of age, gender, stage of life, economic status, race, religion, daily circumstances, profession, family composition, etc., there are many things in life today that can cause feelings of unrest, anxiety, insecurity, frustration, sadness, fear, immobility, lack of confidence, stress, or not fitting in. In this book you will find good tips and a way to change your world for a calmer place.

Imagine what your life would be like if you could remain Calm and make Sense of all the adverse and unpleasant situations and people you encounter. That is what you will find in this uplifting and sensible book and much more. Just remember that the information contained in this book is not meant to be a substitute for professional evaluations and therapy with mental health professionals. This is an awesome book for anyone with or without depression. Those who live with depression will benefit the most, but those who live with them will find many answers and ways to help the affected person and themselves. Highly recommended.

Lorraine Carey

Where was "Defeating Depression" three years ago when I was recklessly running on foot down the I10 Highway in Arizona in the line of Mack Tucks? This book is a cache` of personalized survival skills you can use right now! Leo J.Battenhausen uses his highly credentialed knowledge along with real life client situations and experiences to let you know his methodology is right on! I learned new terminology with actual steps to apply to stressful situations in all areas of life. It is truly an emotional makeover. Guaranteed, you will be using one or more of the recommended steps for calm and sense even before you finish the book! I actually found myself as Joyce in the scenario with the burnt turkey situation. It is a really strong lesson to look back at these and see how ridiculous some of us really look when we overreact. You will see yourself in some of the clients’ stories. The format was very easy to follow and offered a great layout. It holds many surprises to what really is the core of our storms within us. I had no idea just what that core was. Battenhasusen also reveals why other quick fix methods don’t work. This is one book you will keep and hopefully share with others.

As a veteran teacher I can tell you that this was one of the best self help books I have found due to the text format and easy comprehensibility. I immediately understood each section with no need for constant rereading. I found myself chuckling sometimes and teary-eyed at others with some of the client sessions. I highly recommend this book whether you are struggling with a simple form of stress or a more difficult one. It will surely change your life!

Stephanie D.

Defeating Depression: A Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and Satisfaction by Leo J Battenhausen is not just another book about depression. Yes, this is a well-served market but sadly depression is an ever increasing modern phenomenon, and it’s beginning at a younger age - now fourteen and a half. There is plenty of room for a new approach to dealing with the condition. This particular book is about remaining calm while trying to make sense of what it is in our lives that is making us depressed. Battenhausen shows us how to take control of the situation, to learn to love ourselves and to overcome the demons, procrastination, shadows from the past and lack of purpose that pull the rug out from under our feet.

Battenhausen brings many years of experience as a social worker, relationship specialist and counsellor to his writing. He has a very readable style and never blinds us with science as he provides the various definitions we need. Examples from real life illustrate the author’s teaching and serve to inspire the reader. We can make changes. We can defeat our depression from within by learning to live in the moment and trusting ourselves and others. We can end the destructive behaviours that drag us down. There is no instant cure - it’s up to us but we can do it. The author tells us he believes in us and we’ve learnt to trust him in this book. His closing advice is to “laugh more, worry less”, listen to calm and use our sense in all we do. The book ends with an exclamation mark which for me sums up Battenhausen’s infectious positive and proactive attitude.

Lori M.

After my former husband died, I suffered a major depressive episode and continue to have depression that requires both medication and counseling. That is why Leo Battenhausen’s book, “Defeating Depression” caught my eye. He starts out defining what he refers to as “Calm and Sense” meaning the ability to stay focused and at peace with yourself regardless of what’s happening and the belief and acceptance that no one can make us happier than we can make ourselves. Pretty powerful stuff, right? I’m pretty sure it’s no accident that “Calm and Sense” sounds like you’re saying “Common Sense,” which is really what it all boils down to when trying to understand how to get through things.

Battenhausen’s explanation of emotional maturity in Chapter 9 is something that everyone should read as it deals with how we manage our own thoughts and behaviors by not personalizing other people’s ugly remarks to us and by not desiring to retaliate against them. He also offers some separate tips for men and women to help them cope with and defeat depression. Battenhausen reminds women that men need to be “boys” occasionally and to encourage it rather than feel threatened by it. Boys’ nights out and the occasional all-male fishing trip are necessary for men to keep them balanced. The author reminds men that women aren’t porn stars and that porn stars are actors, so expecting their partners to behave like women in porn films is unrealistic.

This is good read that shares real life experiences and a professional counselor’s research to help people.

Joy H.

No one wants to be depressed, but a huge number of people today deal with depression. In his book “Defeating Depression,” author Leo Battenhausen uses a different approach dealing with depression called Calm and Sense. The author starts with teaching the basic components of Calm and Sense, and how the approach can help find happiness and contentment in your life. Calm and Sense works like no other approach to treating depression because it is honest, simple realistic, practical, genuine and put you in charge of your own destiny, no matter who you are, where you have been, or what is in your past.

What I really like about this self-help book is that Leo Battenhausen doesn’t just use what someone else says here, but through his extensive research, his own personal experiences and what he has learned from his clients, he uses what he has seen first hand about how the approach to depression works. He talks about all of the issues a depressed person deals with such as worry and fear, emotions, self-confidence, surviving, finding a purpose in life, to name only a few. I appreciate the simplicity of Mr. Battenhausen’s teachings, which I feel is important to the depressed person. But most of all, I appreciate the compassion the author has for those dealing with depression. Being one that deals with this disease, I could feel that compassion as I read and re-read the pages of his book.

I just can’t say enough about this book. There is so much information here, you really need to go out and purchase a copy of “Defeating Depression” for yourself. If you are dealing with depression, then I HIGHLY recommend this book for you. Applying these principles can change your life.

Anne B.

The title of this book says it well, Defeating Depression: The Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and Satisfaction. Leo J. Battenhausen defines Calm and Sense in the first section of his book. Do you desire calm in your life? I remember a few years ago stating that I was tired of the drama in my life. I came to realize that when something upsetting happened I tended to react rather than staying calm and trying to make sense of the situation. Battenhausen has twenty-five years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Licensed Clinical and Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Relationship Specialist and Certified School Social Worker. He utilizes that experience as he helps work through his patient’s depression. Battenhausen’s approach may seem a bit unorthodox compared to the famous Freud, Jung, Rogers, Ellis, and Glassner. Batenhausen is willing to learn from his patients.

Battenhausen cites statistics from WHO, nineteen million Americans are dealing with depression. While there are many causes of depression most doctors tend to group them together under the term depressed. Battenhausen’s goal is to assist the reader in recognizing their depression, recognize the reason for the depression, and begin to work through it with Calm and Sense. A magical pill that will cure depression does not exist. Medications only assist making us temporarily numb to the situation and the pain.

I’m very impressed with Defeating Depression: The Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and Satisfaction. I find it offers hope for a happy and peaceful life. Battenhausen’s text is well organized and easy to understand. I was very interested in the closing where he discusses how we have become detached from each other. He also comments on how we tend to allow others to have power over us. I recognized this in myself and with the help of Calm and Sense I will learn to love me and appreciate who I am. Thank you Dr. Battenhausen.