Freedom From Depression

No Matter What Your Disability May Be

Non-Fiction - Motivational
224 Pages
Reviewed on 04/19/2020
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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite

Everyone at some point in their lives will suffer from feelings of grief or depression. As you work through Freedom From Depression, you will gain a greater insight into the workings of the mind, the importance of gratitude and how to find the courage to face problems head-on. Using her own life experiences as examples, in Freedom From Depression Cynthia Lee De Boer tackles issues such as why fear prevents you from tackling your goals and techniques to shift your mindset to start living a more fulfilled life. You will begin to see the same problems and issues with a fresh outlook, an outlook that will transform your life and help those around you to improve theirs. This book is a manual for life, and explains how we can navigate through the obstacles with optimism, and not allow problems and disabilities - whether physical or mental - to define us or hold us back from the life we truly deserve.

The information covered in this manual is vast and truly comprehensive. The author has filled this book with real solutions and techniques that are simple and effective. Cynthia has shared her life experiences to relate how you can implement the techniques. Her account is honest and not at all from a place of victimhood. You are encouraged to examine the choices you have made and the mindset you have. Using the many techniques, you can automatically become aware of your thoughts and behaviour patterns, then make small changes for huge results. I particularly loved The Stress Cup example, where you can make small changes to minimize stressful events in your life. The STOP acronym was an amazing tool that can be used in your personal and professional life to solve obstacles and problems quickly. I am also pleased there were references to the Law of Attraction and the problems that come with a materialistic mindset.

The icing on the cake came in section four with Groundwork, in which the questions asked of the reader will truly make you stop and think about your achievements, abilities and how you can plan the next chapter of your life with increased respect for yourself. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. Everyone would benefit from reading this book because they would learn not only to respect themselves but those who share the planet with them.

K.C. Finn

Freedom From Depression: No Matter What Your Disability May Be is a work of self help fiction penned by author Cynthia Lee De Boer. Designed as a catch-all guidebook which covers the major areas of depression and depressive behaviour, the work is separated into five sections which include personal stories from the author’s life. Alongside these examples of how and where depression hits, there are tips and tricks which the author employed during her own journey, as well as calls to action where the reader is encouraged to ask important questions about their motivation in life and what they want to get from it.

Author Cynthia Lee De Boer suffers with a difficult physical disability, and her heartfelt work in trying to see the positive in the world is well worth reading, whether you have any similar conditions or not. Her experience with depression, though it will not be the same for everyone, is proof that people can find a mindset which enables them to fight, even when they feel weak. In itself this is an inspiring and empowering thing to experience. I thought the book was organized well to help readers find particular areas which might be more applicable to them, but the calls to action throughout the volume would be really useful to anyone suffering with mental health issues in general as they seek to make us realize what’s really important to us. Overall, Freedom From Depression: No Matter What Your Disability May Be is a well-written, personal and positive journey that is sure to empower its readers.

Jamie Michele

Freedom From Depression: No Matter What Your Disability May Be by Cynthia Lee De Boer is a self-help and inspirational guide, following in the footsteps of its predecessor, De Boer's Me, Myself and Eye. The book begins on a foundation of understanding, solidified by the author's own personal trials with unhealthy relationships and a lifetime of health issues and—ultimately—a physical disability, which is told with the compassionate, brave voice of a survivor. Sections two through four move into the importance of switching our perspective on accommodation, our bodies, and what it means to be independent, as well as practical planning out and setting in motion routine changes, environmental comforts, and all the things needed to thrive both emotionally and physically.

I wish I'd had Cynthia Lee De Boer's book two years ago, but the positive groundwork Freedom From Depression lays is wonderful to have at any stage of healing. To me, the most poignant parts were about the heightened appreciation of senses (I'm looking at you, cozy blanket and scented candle!) and the built-in worksheets that force us to recall things such as blissful thoughts and positive statements. After reading the second section, I felt like I'd already discovered a new way of looking at things. Now with all of the wisdom De Boer has poured into the pages, I feel like I've already discovered a new and powerful way to live. I would absolutely recommend this book to those who are facing or have already had their physical forms altered... and to remember the first of many inspirational phrases: Having a disability does not make you less of a person; it makes you more of a human being.