How to lift depression... fast

The human givens approach

by Joe Griffin and Ivan Tyrrell

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Overview

This is one of the most startling and uplifting books about depression ever written – the ‘essence of hope’.

Griffin and Tyrrell are the foremost teachers of effective psychotherapy for depression in Europe. Without ‘psychobabble’, false sentiment or jargon, they make it easy to understand the causes of depression and why so many of us are so vulnerable to it. More importantly, they describe how to overcome it. Thousands throughout the UK and Ireland have already benefited from their approach. Now you can too.

'How to lift depression ...fast' shatters many myths. It provides clear guidelines, with case histories, for helping people get out of depression, even those at high risk of committing suicide. Just reading it can raise your mood and put joy, pleasure and meaning back into life, even in the bleakest of circumstances.

This book answers vital questions, many not tackled before:

  • How to get out of depression quickly
  • Why depressed people wake up so exhausted
  • How worrying and dreaming are linked to depression
  • How to make your life meaningful
  • What harm antidepressant drugs can do to the brain
  • Why postnatal depression can also be lifted quickly
  • Why some common forms of counselling and psychotherapy often make depression worse
  • How to ‘inoculate’ yourself against depression.

  • Format: Paperback (200pp)
  • ISBN: 1-899398-41-4

About the author(s)

Joe GriffinJoe Griffin is a social psychologist with graduate and postgraduate degrees from the LSE. He has had many years experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists.

Scientific reviewers around the world have described his research on dreaming with such phrases as, “The bridge between neurophysiology and psychology... rigorously scientific... an important milestone... moves our understanding on significantly... a watershed in our exploration of the evolution of mental processes... a major key to the nature of all psychic states.” He is co-author with Ivan Tyrrell of five landmark monographs about advances in psychological interventions for emotional disturbances and numerous best-selling books, including How to lift depression...fast, Freedom from Addiction and Why we dream: the definitive answer.

Joe has two daughters and lives with his wife, Liz, in a small medieval town by the river Barrow in rural Ireland.


Ivan TyrrellIvan Tyrrell's interest in psychology stems from a childhood experience of undergoing surgery under hypnosis. For twenty years he studied the comparative effectiveness of psychotherapy and counselling models, linking this to what science is discovering about the brain and mind/body/mood connections. As Editorial Director of the Human Givens Journal he has collaborated on many major articles with a variety of distinguished clinicians, writers and other individuals with a focus on psychology, social issues and mental health.

Ivan worked for many years as a psychotherapist and lecturer and is now director of Human Givens College. He founded the Human Givens Institute. He has one son and three daughters and lives with his wife, Véronique, in the Cotswold countryside.

Media reviews

"[This approach to treating depression] is absolutely the right way forward."

BBC Radio 4's 'All in the Mind'

"Everyone involved in administering personal therapy should read this book."

Nursing Standard

"PLEASE, PLEASE read this book if you have depression or buy it for yourself if someone close to you does. Depression is extremely nasty — extremely disabling and amazingly powerful — and, to conquer it, you need enabling and powerful information. I am evangelical about the advice and theories provided by the ‘human givens' approach and honestly believe that reading this book can do only good for anyone wanting to escape depression — and escape it for good. I hope the content of this book helps you as much as it has helped me."

Reader Review, Amazon

"I recommend the book How to Lift Depression...fast. Rather than spending months and years exploring all the things that have gone wrong in your life, human givens therapists provide you with the tools, insights and support to turn your mood, focus and life around quickly."

Dr Mark Atkinson

"An invaluable resource ... easy to read and understand ... offers much practical help and advice."

Professional Social Work Journal

"Really easy to read with fantastic tips and explanations. It only takes a day to read this book even if you have trouble concentrating. A worthwhile investment for anyone who has, is caring for, or just has an interest in treating, depression. The best self-help — a few easy adjustments to my life and my sleep is much better and I wake up feeling refreshed (that's in two weeks)."

Reader Review, Amazon

"Whether you yourself are depressed or you want to be able to help a friend, family member or client, this is an empowering book ... [with] invaluable techniques and exercises for moving quickly out of depression. And there is nothing complicated here — suggestions are simple and immediately useful ... Read, use, enjoy and reap the benefits for yourself and others."

Ruth Morozzo, Footnotes Journal

"As a GP I see many people suffering from depression, and have searched for years for a good book to recommend to them. At last I have found one ... written in a style which makes the ideas easy to understand and put into practice. I believe that the 'human givens' approach is a major step forward in helping people suffering from depression and other mental health problems."

Dr Gina Johnson

"I can't recommend this book enough. I have spent a lot of money and time researching my depression and I can say this is without doubt the best book I have read on the subject. I urge you to buy it. I'm sure like myself it will put you well on the road to recovery."

Reader Review, Amazon

Reviews

Based on 3 reviews

★★★★★

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THE BOOK IS EXCELLENT. THE FORMAT IS GOOD, WITH EASY TO UNDERSTAND EXPLANATIONS RELEVANT TO MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES , ESPECIALLY DEPRESSION.THE EXPLANATIONS ARE WRITTEN IN CLEAR, CONCISE AND EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND LANGUAGE. NO "PSYCHO-BABBLE" HERE, ONLY LANGUAGE EASILY UNDERSTOOD BY THE LAYMAN.THIS BOOK IS A MUST FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER DEPRESSION AND DESPERATELY WISH TO UNDERSTAND AND OVERCOME THISDEBILITATING CONDITION.I, THEREFORE, RECOMMEND THIS BOOK HEARTILY.

RAYMOND KINGSLEY

Dec 21st, 2017


★★★★★

Highly recommended

This book about depression was easy to read and made perfect sense, the matter of fact style was a perfect example of why the human givens therapy is so effective to paraphrase a advert for a certain varnish "it does what it says on the cover". I would recommend this book without hesitation.

Derek Chambers

Feb 5th, 2018


★★★★★

Life-changing

Yes, it’s a cliché. This book changed my life. Did I just say that? I can’t think of any other way to say it - suddenly everything makes sense. I had been on anti-depressants since 2001. My GP kept recommending I stop, but I kept being too scared to try life without them. Then, I had one appointment (plus a couple of follow-up emails) with a therapist who had the ‘Human Givens’ approach. She recommended I read more about it, so here I am, back in control. No tablets for 3 months and I feel really well. The best time to read the book (or dip into it as I have done...and still found it dramatically helpful) is when you’re not In a real low. Pick a time when you’re feeling reasonable. I don’t normally write reviews but feel that I want to spread the word. The book has practical strategies that you can use to lift your mood. It’s the idea that such strategies exist as much as the strategies themselves that give me such a lift! Good luck and hope it works for you too.

Mary

Nov 7th, 2018