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How I Learned to Survive Depression


Alastair Campbell

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“Excellent readability, extremely useful. Steadfast, clear-eyed, honest, raw, and insightful, it may be the most important achievement of Alastair Campbell’s vibrant and varied life. This book could save lives.” – STEPHEN FRY

BETTER LIFE is Alastair Campbell’s honest, moving, and life-affirming account of his lifelong battle with depression. It is an autobiographical, psychological, and psychiatric study that examines his own childhood, family, and other relationships, and examines the effects of his professional and political life on himself and those around him. But it also shows his relentless quest to understand depression not just through his own life but through various treatments. As direct and motivated, smart and open as he is, this is a book full of pain, but also hope – he examines how his successes have been in part because of, rather than despite, his mental health problems – and love. His 40-year-old partner Fiona Millar writes a moving afterword about how she too learned to live with his depression.

Depression is the predominant mental health problem worldwide. It is estimated that one in six people had a common mental health problem in the past week, and major depression is the second leading cause of disability worldwide. BESSER LEBEN is a call to arms and an extraordinary memory in a compelling and inspiring tale. This is a book that could really save lives.

“One can only hope that LIVING BETTER will evoke a far wider and more honest understanding of the condition” – JON SNOW

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