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As doctors still try to agree on whether depression originates from genetics or our surroundings, we take an in-depth look into the illness and break down every possibility. The causes, symptoms, and treatments for this debilitating mental illness are examined in detail in Thank You Louise Hay by Natasha Bronfman, backed up with scientific research, whilst weaving in the author's own battle and life experiences of depression. Looking at the illness from many different angles, such as the principles of quantum physics, historical, spiritual and medical perspectives, this book will ask some important questions. Why do sufferers still feel embarrassed to discuss and admit to suffering from a mental illness as opposed to a physical one? How can family and loved ones best support someone with depression, and what are the common mistakes used that can harm not help? The journey out of the darkness of depression is possible and although everyone's experience of the illness is unique, this guide will offer enlightenment, hope, and encouragement that you are not alone. Depression is an illness that can draw you into the depths of despair but it should and will not define who you are. Use the references, quotes and suggested reading material throughout the book to find your personal path out of the darkness. 'No negative condition can remain in our lives when we truly love and accept ourselves.' -- Louise Hay.
Even if you have read other books on the subject of depression, I would still recommend you read Thank You Louise Hay by Natasha Bronfman. I loved the way the author tackles the subject from not only a personal perspective but from every aspect possible. Her definition of the symptoms was brutally honest and anyone who has suffered from the illness would surely relate to the feelings of hopelessness and darkness described. I also loved how the use of antidepressants was recommended just as a short term measure and not a lifestyle choice to battle the illness. The discussion into the quantum physics theory was very interesting as was the comparisons between nature and nurture. I found the examination of how the conscious and unconscious mind plays a key role in the illness, an awakening moment. This book is an absolute must-read for any sufferer or their family because it offers inspiration and hope that you can overcome this illness as others have. It also offers encouragement that you are not alone and talking about the illness should not be surrounded by shame. The bibliography at the end is vast and amazing too.