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Undoing Perpetual Stress: The Missing Connection Between Depression, Anxiety and 21st Century Illness

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The author of bestselling Undoing Depression, Dr. Richard O'Connor goes beyond depression and into the world of perpetual stress--a condition that affects us all and leads to serious physical and mental health problems. Twenty-first-century life is evolving at a breakneck pace-and with it, stresses multiply by the day. With people working long hours, worrying about familie ...more
ebook, 544 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Berkley Books (first published 2005)
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Aug 05, 2010 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: armchair-shrink
When you finally lie down tonight after your long day, which, if you are typical, probably involves a work day that extends into a hassle of a commute and then more emails from work followed by various gathering of kids or running of errands and a quick low nutrition meal followed by more stress until a too late bedtime...ask yourself if this is the way you really want to spend the rest of your life. Ask yourself if you think this is healthy. Are you happy? Is anyone you know feeling content or ...more
I really want to know what this book says but I got stuck in chapter 6. Left off p. 244.

The beginning is about what's wrong--why such a large percentage of people seem to be unhappy, depressed, or screwed up in some way. It was nothing I hadn't thought of, but it was kind of reassuring to see it all there in black and white. No, it's not my imagination or that I'm too sensitive. Modern life is just messed up and damaging.

The main recommendation I've seen so far for how to fix it is mindfulness.
Skylar Burris
Apr 08, 2010 Skylar Burris marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
An editor needed to take a serious hacksaw to this book. This guy was all over the map, covering his personal opinions on a wide variety of subjects in which he has no particular expertise. Perhaps if I had jumped in at Chapter 4, where the more practical advice begins, I would have made it farther, but by the time I got there, I didn’t have the will to press on more than a few dozen pages extra pages. I’m sure he has all sorts of wonderful advice about how to limit modern stresses, being as thi ...more
Jan 12, 2010 Jenni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this, in the chapter about repairing the Emotional Brain, page 144: "But in today's world, most of us have a vulnerable heart. The Perpetual Stress Response has us full of anxiety, which dissolves our self-esteem. The things we are told to value - material success, acquisitions - are easy to lose....And they don't repair the orbitofrontal cortex, the damage in the brain that represents our fragile psyches, in the way that meaningful relationships, living up to a set of standards, or havin ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author takes us into the chemical, evolving world of understanding stressors. Personally, with some medical background, I enjoy this aspect but it can be overwhelming. Theories change as time progresses, as we all know the brain is the least explored and understood organs of the body. But real exercises and insights make it worth the read. He does bring in many theories and pops back and forth, which is no issue but a notebook is good to have handy ~ for the layperson. It is a book that I ha ...more
Niel Malan
A kind of follow-up to Undoing Depression, but with a much wider scope. Many stress-related illnesses are covered in the chapter "Common Human Miseries", the only one that's about identifying diagnosable illnesses. The rest of the book has a theme the idea that life today has so many stressors that we get our fight-or-flight response stuck in the 'on' position, and that it causes a wide variety of ill-effects. Once again, he offers a plan of escape.

This book has such a gentle and non-judgemental
Megan O'Laughlin
May 28, 2008 Megan O'Laughlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An informative and easily accessible book. The author takes an in-depth look at how modern culture's many stresses taxes our overwhelmed nervous systems.
He includes question and answer sessions as well as case notes from his therapy practice. I especially enjoyed his perspectives on today's common mental health diagnoses, such as PTSD and personality disorders, most of all depression, and how perpetual stress may influence them.
A good read for a person feeling the stress, for care providers wo
Unless you are a monk living in a cave, a hermit living in the woods, or a tribesman in a primitive tribe, you will benefit from this book. It's full of information on how to cope with our stressful lives, how it makes us sick, and how we can get better. I will absolutely be referring back to this one.
Feb 05, 2013 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite amazingly rare in that its scope of insight, explanation, and analysis ranges widely and penetrates deeply!
Feb 07, 2011 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really great suggestions for coping skills, but seems entirely informed by middle-upper class, male, western perspective.
Jun 20, 2015 Lea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well... I feel less stressed. In every possible way. Try it out- open up the book!
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Richard O'Connor, PhD, is the author of Undoing Depression, Undoing Perpetual Stress, and Happy at Last. For fourteen years he was executive director of the Northwest Center for Family Service and Mental Health, a nonprofit mental health clinic, where he oversaw the work of twenty mental health professionals in treating almost a thousand patients per year. He is a practicing psychotherapist with o ...more
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