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First published in 1983 when it won the MIND Book of the Year Award, this best-selling book has help thousands of people leave behind the prison of depression. Dorothy Rowe gives depressed people a way of understanding their depression, which matches their experience and enables them to take charge of their life and change it. She shows that depression is not an illness or a mental disorder, but a defense against pain and fear, which we can be used whenever we suffer a disaster and discover that our life is not what we thought it was.
Depression is an unwanted consequence of how we see ourselves and the world. By understanding how we have interpreted events in our life, we can choose to change our interpretations and thus create for ourselves a happier, more fulfilling life.
" Depression: The Way Out of" "Your Prison" is for depressed people, and for all professionals and non-professionals who work with depressed people.
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Acknowledgments. The Prison. Inside the Prison. How to Build Your Prison. Why Not Leave the Prison? Why I Won't Leave the Prison. Outside the Wall: Living with a Depressed Person. Suppose I Did Want to Leave the Prison, What Should I Do? Suppose I Decide Not to Change? The Prison Vanishes.


'You can't go to a party without meeting at least two people whose lives have been changed by Dorothy Rowe.' - Linda Grant, The Guardian 'Dorothy Rowe's is the calm voice of reason in an increasingly mad world.' - Sue Townsend

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