Depression And How To Survive It
Anthony Clare, Spike Milligan
In 1982 Anthony Clare interviewed Spike Milligan for the radio series In The Psychiatrist's Chair and was so overwhelmed by Milligan's account of his forty years of depressive experiences that he knew he had found the person to help him illuminate and explore the mysterious and sometimes terrifying illness that is clinical depressionDepression and How to Survive It is the result of this collaboration, through which Anthony Clare charts the development of Spike's illness and the strategies he uses in dealing with it. Drawing inspiration and advice from Spike's experience, Depression and How to Survive It is a book which takes you to the depths of human unhappiness in order to shou you the way out.
Spike Milligan was perhaps best known as one of the goons. He went on to become one of Britain's foremost comic writers and performers. His bestselling titles include Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Puckoon and Where have all the Bullets Gone? He died in 2002.
Anthony Clare has been Professor and Head of Department of Psychological Medicine of St Bartholomew's Hospital and is Professor of Psychiatry at Dublin University. He is presenter of the popular series In the Psychiatrist's Chair.
depressed, out of control, tired or whatever. Hold it until you are sure that the person involved believes that he or she has given a good account of what seems to be happening. Advice given then will stand a very much better chance of being taken. In the case of a manic individual, the advice may not be taken. You may then have to bring someone, such as the GP or a trusted friend, to help you. What many of us fear is that during a conversation with someone who is depressed they may reveal that
significant association with age. In both sexes, employment was associated with lower rates of disorder. It is important to note that virtually all the physical illness that was detected was mild in type. Another and even more extensive study, conducted by Joanne Murray and her colleagues at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, involved a survey of over 6000 people representative of the population of West London. Here too a clear sex difference in the frequency of symptom reporting was found.
grip of a depressive swing which had started some time before. He looked wretched, with drooping posture and lack-lustre eyes. He found it difficult to lift himself and appeared as flat as an exhausted battery. His mind was sluggish, his speech without its usual sparkle, his normally mobile and expressive face bleak and morose. Struggling to describe his feelings he identified several characteristic features of severe depression which are described, somewhat more prosaically, in every classic
The fundamental thrust of cognitive behaviour therapy is to counter these negative thoughts or cognitions. The cognitive therapist aims to train the depressed patient to recognize the negative way in which he or she automatically responds to everyday stresses and happenings and how this amplifies his or her feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness. By training people to challenge their own negative thinking and to consider alternative, more positive and rational explanations, the cycle of
he underwent a course of six. His view of the procedure is prosaic – 'an anaesthetic and I'm asleep. I wake up when it is all over, with a headache like a hangover. In a few hours I am as I was.' The course of treatment in his case eased the depression somewhat, for which he was thankful, but it took a few further months of antidepressant therapy and the addition of lithium for full recovery to occur. Spike is critical of the adverse comments about ECT and sees the therapy as having been useful