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Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite
At the beginning of My War with Depression, Paul Mercer states that people suffering from depression are in pain and do not want to read light-hearted material. They need help that is simple, direct, and easy to read. Paul’s book fits into that category. Those who have never battled with depression cannot understand the dark night of the soul. Paul has been there and is willing to share thoughts that may help. He is the first to admit that his book recognizes everyone is an individual and experiences depression in a particular way. While this book gives general information, the mental exercises are much more specific to help everyone. Anyone who has ever suffered from depression will find help and comfort in this book.
Depression is a liar and will tell its victims they are worthless. Paul Mercer has faced the specter of depression personally. Since he has first-hand experience, he approaches depression from a unique perspective in My War with Depression. Paul does not speak as a professional lecturing his clients but as a guide who has walked the path before. As a guide, he leads his readers into knowing the stages of depression and how depression makes one feel. Then as he gets ready to close the depression tour down, he shares some vital exercises that will help any person struggling with depression start the long climb out of the pit. His writing is first-person and friendly. My War with Depression includes plenty of space for notes.