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Return to Book Page. Preview — Back from the Brink by Graeme Cowan. Back from the Brink: On July 24th, , author Graeme Cowan took pen to paper and said goodbye to his family. After four failed suicide attempts, and a five-year episode of depression that his psychiatrist described as the worst he had ever treated, Cowan set out on a difficult journey back from the brink. Since then, he has dedicated his life On July 24th, , author Graeme Cowan took pen to paper and said goodbye to his family. Since then, he has dedicated his life to helping others struggling with depression and bipolar disorder—and that is how this book came to be.

If you have severe depression or bipolar disorder, it is important to remember that you are not alone. Featuring interviews with people from of all walks of life, Back from the Brink is filled with real stories of hope and healing, information about treatment options and medication, and tools for putting what you've learned into practice. If you are ready to put one foot in front of the other and finally set out on the path to recovery, the powerful stories in this book will inform and inspire you to make lasting change. If you have severe depression or bipolar disorder, you may find it difficult to take that first step toward recovery.

In our society, many people with depression or bipolar disorder do not seek therapy or medical treatment due to the stigma that surrounds mental illness. The book includes a special foreword by actress Glenn Close, and features in-depth interviews with former US Representative Patrick Kennedy; television talk-show host Trisha Goddard; director of public policy at Google, Bob Boorstin; former chief advisor to Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell; former tennis pro, Cliff Richey; former professional football player, Greg Montgomery; and many more.

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All the while, I smiled thru the pain. During that year, I slipped deeper into a depression. Parents with health problems, loss of my dog On my last day of insurance, I was finally able to meet a psychiatrist. He apologized to me for my pain, and for nobody having ever given me prescriptions for my condition, and All the while, I smiled thru the pain. He apologized to me for my pain, and for nobody having ever given me prescriptions for my condition, and with an initial diagnosis of hoarder, I went on my way with small amounts of meds for anxiety and depression.

Being unemployed for 2 mos leading to Christmas probably would not have been so bad if not for the fact that I was flat out. In the worst depression of my life. The mortgage about to be in default, I began to read this book. One thing that I could very much not relate to, was how all of those interviewed were never in fear of eviction, paying utility bills in order by the color of the notice Pink - uh oh, better pay THAT one!

Never worrying about the need to survive, those interviewed were not that realistic to the new me. The woman I was 5 or 6 years ago would have seen the connections to herself. Successful, a little depressed a lot of the time. A little hypo manic once in a while or more And I see that my former self would have gained a lot, perhaps even if I had searched out books on my disorder then Back them, I could see the light thru the tunnel.

Without a diagnosis for several years after that, I never thought to look into self help I have suffered so much with my health since quitting smoking 5 years ago. Asthma, anxiety, bipolar issues, infertility, migraines, allergies, allergy shots. Then, after 15 mos of trying, I was blessed to discover I was pregnant.

Even during my pregnancy, things took a huge shift into new territory. I was so paranoid that something would happen to my baby, I became depressed, using food as medicine. When he was born, my paranoia worsened, as did my depression. I sat on the couch, holding him all day long. We just sat there, we two. My milk was not enough, so I had to supplement with formula.

During that time, I had seen a psychiatrist thru the medical group I was in who offered pharmaceutical intervention, but that would mean giving up on breast feeding, which was a deal breaker. Shortly thereafter, I was released from that medical group for non payment of my bills. In my mindset, I felt that everything that happened to me caused my state, not just as I am now allowing the wrongs done to me to pass by. Hanging on every thing, how I was wronged, and by whom, as a reason to harbor anger, and, more importantly Those who were supposed to help me had hurt me.

I decided medication was needed, and have begun my journey to get out of my own personal black hole. I thank this book for helping me to start to get back on track, and to find myself again! Jan 31, Heidi rated it liked it Shelves: This is a helpful book, for those living with mental illness, and for those who love people living with mental illness. In particular, Cowan deals with mood disorders depression, anxiety, bipolar. His interviews with a broad variety of people who have lived with a variety of illnesses are encouraging and illuminating.

Cowan's final chapters were even more helpful and encouraging: And This is a helpful book, for those living with mental illness, and for those who love people living with mental illness. And he gives practical advice and information to those with mental illness who need to small, simple steps to walk as they fight the negativity and hopelessness in their own minds and emotions. In fact, that was the most helpful part of the book for me as I have family members and friends with different illnesses , to see the small simple, practical steps that can be encouraged, to move the sufferer in a positive direction.

I also like that this book is accessible to someone with severe mental illness. It is not overwhelming; it is not too scholarly. I recommend this to anyone who has or knows someone who has a mood disorder. Jan 02, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: Many books provide information on the causes and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder, but "Back from the Brink" provides something that is often more important to those who are struggling with these often debilitating conditions After a brief description of depression, its causes, and common treatments, Graeme Cowan spends the majority of the book providing in-depth interviews with people from all walks of life, most well-known, who were brave enough to candidly share their stori Many books provide information on the causes and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder, but "Back from the Brink" provides something that is often more important to those who are struggling with these often debilitating conditions After a brief description of depression, its causes, and common treatments, Graeme Cowan spends the majority of the book providing in-depth interviews with people from all walks of life, most well-known, who were brave enough to candidly share their stories.

Hearing both about the depth of their struggle with depression or bipolar disorder and about the steps that they took to come to terms with their illness, improve their level of health and functioning, and reach out to others lets those currently struggling with depression know that they are not alone and that there is hope. After interviewing eight other people, Graeme Cowan shares his own story of depression and healing, including what worked for him, which he describes as his Strive2Thrive Roadmap. Finally, Cowan summarizes research about what treatments people found to be most helpful in healing from depression and bipolar disorder and then outlines an effective recovery plan.

So, how does this book help those struggling with depression and bipolar disorder or people who want to help those who are struggling?

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Nov 17, AJ rated it liked it Shelves: Instead, it's a compilation of narratives from several prominent figures from the US, UK and Australia, as well as the author, who have suffered from severe depression or bipolar disorder. Each of these narratives is set in a question-answer format, but nicely edited for ease of reading. This gives a unique perspective on mental illness as seen by several people rather than being colored b 3.

This gives a unique perspective on mental illness as seen by several people rather than being colored by a single author. The author then describes the method that he found personally helpful in overcoming his depression, which was severe enough to include several suicide attempts. Like most self-help books, your mileage will vary, but there are some interesting nuggets to pick up here and there from his successes even if you don't find everything to be particularly relevant.

Much of his method seems to bear some sort of relationship to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, so perhaps look into ACT if you find yourself wanting to know more after reading this book. Ultimately I'd recommend this as a good read about mental illness to sufferers, family members, caregivers, supporters, or just interested bystanders. I found it to be free of judgmental language and full of support and compassion for those who suffer from depression or bipolar disorder. Dec 07, John rated it it was amazing. It makes clear what the options are. Which ones might work for you? Nine people tell their stories and what worked for them.

Take your time and read their stories. This advice comes from people who have been in the thick of it. And made significant progress out of it.

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Also, people surveyed, tell what has best helped them. Maybe you have a few of your own. The trick is, can you get yourself to try some out? And keep trying until some of it works. If you are stuck, get help. But them that were around that part of the country remember every bit. Wait now till you hear the rest. After twenty-five years of conflict, the IRA and the British have agreed an uneasy ceasefire, as a first step towards lasting peace. But if decades of savage violence are leading only to smiles and handshakes, those on the ground in the border country will start to question what exactly they have been fighting for.

When an IRA man's wife turns informer, he and his brother gather their old comrades for an assault on the local army base. But the squad's feared sniper suddenly refuses to fight, and the SAS are sent in to crush this rogue terror cell before it can wreck the fragile truce, and drag the whole region back to the darkest days of the Troubles. Inspired by the oldest war story of them all, this powerful new Irish novel explores the brutal glory of armed conflict, and the bitter tragedy of those on both sides who offer their lives to defend the honour of their country.

I challenge any author to top it! In a small-town guesthouse, Leo discovers a kindred spirit in the maid who nurses him back to health; together they shape a piece of clay into a baby. A crime story Leo escapes to Iceland with the clay boy inside a hatbox, only to become embroiled in a murder mystery. And as the story of genesis comes full circle, we glimpse the dangerous path ahead for humankind.

Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town's lido, where she seeks refuge underwater - safe from the noise and the pain. But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women - the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician's wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice - opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again.

But just as Masha dares to imagine the future, the past comes roaring back Like her bestselling debut, The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan's second novel introduces a cast of wonderful characters, both ordinary and charmingly eccentric, who guide us through a moving exploration of the simple human connections that make life worth living. A beautifully crafted tale of love, self-acceptance, and blisters' Sunday ExpressA smart and funny story from the author of The Rosie Project - two misfits walk 2, km along the Camino to find themselves and, perhaps, each other.

A novel of second chances and reinvention from Graeme Simsion, and his wife Anne Buist. Optioned for film by Ellen deGeneres, and now an international bestseller. Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Both are struggling to come to terms with their recent past - for Zoe, the death of her husband; for Martin, a messy divorce. Looking to make a new start, each sets out alone to walk two thousand kilometres from Cluny to Santiago de Compostela, in northwestern Spain, in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the Camino the Way for centuries.

The Camino changes you, it's said. It's a chance to find a new version of yourself, and a new beginning. But can these two very different people find themselves? Will they find each other? In this smart, funny and romantic journey, Martin's and Zoe's stories are told in alternating chapters by husband-and-wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist. Two Steps Forward is a novel about renewal - physical, psychological and spiritual. It's about the challenge of walking a long distance and of working out where you are going.

And it's about what you decide to keep, what you choose to leave behind and what you rediscover along the way. As the years turn, people begin to disappear from these murky streets in mysterious circumstances. When a life-threatening accident crosses Hester's path with Calder Brock's, it appears Hester's fortune has changed.

Handsome, charming and wealthy, Calder is quick to invite her into his home, introducing Hester to his mysterious sister Rebecca, who takes Hester under her wing. In the opulence of her new home, Hester believes she has now escaped the darkness of the slums for good. But, Hester is about to find out, appearances can hide the ugliest of truths.

When she is lured back onto the streets to investigate the mystery, the clues seem to lead her back far closer to her new friends than she could ever have imagined. A warm, witty read. Well, that is the beautiful office intern in bed next to him But, if Joe really has just cheated, why can't he remember anything about it? Confused but mortified Joe vows to be a better husband and father. Until his wife Penny puts two and two together and leaves him. Devastated, Joe will do anything to win his family back.

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Another Harper Fox story, this one contemporary. I read it on holiday this year and loved it. But it had me rooting for them from the start and turning the pages until the end. For me, it was a perfect holiday read. Thomas Penrose is a village doctor in rural Cornwall. Popular with patients and friends alike, and handsome into the bargain, he lives in a romantic clifftop tower by the sea. Determined not to inflict his troubles on anyone else, Tom keeps himself to himself. But fate has other ideas, and brings a handsome surfer crashing to his feet after a dreadful wipe-out on Porth Beach.

Just another crazy surf bunny? Why is he risking his beautiful neck in the stormy off-season waves? Despite the rocky beginning, Tom and Flynn become friends. If you've got any suggestions for a great summer read, I've love to hear them! With every stolen moment, soft touch and breathless kiss, they fell deeper in love.

Eight years later, Finn has returned to the seaside town where it all began. The last thing he wants is a second chance with the man who broke his heart. Sunday, 15 July Perfect Day - sneak peak.


T here was one last perfect day. Joshua felt the same, all too aware that life after this magical few weeks might spin out from beneath his feet. Joshua gazed up at him, at his sun-kissed skin and the face he loved. Freckles danced across the bridge of his nose, his eyelashes tipped with gold from spending too long in the sun, and that perfect bow of a mouth curved into a warm smile.

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Finn gave a self-deprecating laugh, but Joshua saw the dream in his eyes. Sitting up, he settled himself next to Finn and dug his toes into warm sand, squinting out across the sun-burnished ocean. Finn leaned into him, shaking his head. Only for the major movies, obviously. With the big stars. Finn scooped up a handful of sand and let it run through his fingers.

After a beat Finn turned to look at him, one eyebrow lifted. Joshua narrowed his eyes. The one we watched in your trailer. It made Joshua smile as he floundered. Joshua laughed—as if he could tell them apart. As if he cared. He only had eyes for Finn. You get that, right?

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  • Finn searched his eyes, a slight frown creasing his brow. I only want to think about us, Finn. Tell me about us. I can see it, man. He smelled like sun cream and the ocean, like fresh air and summer. This is the beginning of everything for us. It was the end. It was the last golden hour of the last perfect day. Autumn arrived with precocious zeal. Cold rain rattled leaves from the trees, herding them into disconsolate piles in the old orchard. Joshua ignored them as he slammed the door on his rusted Honda Civic. Tucking his fingers into the pocket of his sweatshirt, he gazed up at Hanworth Hall.