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From Depression to Contentment: A Self-Therapy Guide is a course of therapy in your pocket. You can be your own therapist, changing the way you see yourself and your world. Not only does this save lots of money, it also is 100% confidential. The book starts with first aid, provides an understanding of the nature and causes of suffering, instructs you in research-based tech ...more
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Published February 2nd 2019 by Loving Healing Press
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Ian Ellis-Jones
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dr Bob Rich earned his doctorate in psychology in 1972 and has worked as an academic, a researcher, an applied scientist, and a counselling psychologist in private practice. He was on the national executive of the College of Counselling Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and subsequently spent three years as a director of the APS. So, when it comes to issues pertaining to mental health, Dr Bob knows what he’s talking about. He also speaks from personal experience, for he ...more
Kristin Johnson
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I posted my review on Amazon. I gave you five stars. Thank you so much
for reviewing my book!

I've read many self help books and author Dr. Bob Rich's book, while
treading some familiar ground or flying familiar skies (sensible
recommendations on meditation, diet, social connections, exercise,
creativity, not getting caught up in owning "stuff"), does offer the
unique observation that "You need to be crazy to stay sane in a crazy
world," and also focuses on treating the whole person (including the
Isabella Milan
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review of “From Depression to Contentment”

In Dr. Bob’s latest book, “From Depression to Contentment,” he shares answers to the questions of why we have depression and what we can do to improve our outlook. He uses from his client sessions (identities changed) and a generous amount of book suggestions for readers to clarify the techniques and support theories. He also includes his work on himself, which is very “normalizing.” This is a treasure-trove of information that can be beneficial to many;
Nancy Wagaman
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A delightful and uplifting read for any human being! Essential for those dealing with depression.

The time is right for this book. The world is begging for solutions to the challenge of depression becoming so pervasive across all regions and social classes. As the news reports describe depression’s advance through our world’s population, especially the young, I’ve often wondered what’s behind it - what underlying dynamics are increasing its occurrence among us? What’s great about this book is tha
Laurent Grenier
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"It’s not the cards you were dealt that matter, but how you play them." Bob Rich, in From Depression to Contentment, a Self-Therapy Guide

Life is not all beer and skittles, as they say, and this is especially true today when everything, it seems, is teetering on the fringe of chaos. Environmental crisis, after decades of industrial plunder, political crisis, as democracies over time have degenerated into plutocracies that grossly misrepresent much of the electorate, and a host of other ills that
Jack Pilgers
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evidently, Dr. Bob Rich has walked the walk. He has been there, done it, helped others to do it and here in this very readable, succinct and yet hard-hitting work, Dr. Bob Rich show us how we can do it. That is to say, how to put also our souls back in order. Above all, it is practical. Dr. Bob Rich has spared us the swathes of academic literature that can clog up similar works. Yet he is clearly familiar with the literature itself (and helpfully includes links in the book) and brings it to bear ...more
I.C. Robledo
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This guide will help anyone who reads it to better understand their depression and to be able to work through it to heal themselves and achieve contentment. Depression is the most common mental health issue, and yet most people seem to know little about how it works or how to manage it. For that reason "From Depression to Contentment" can go a long way toward improving many lives.

The author, Bob Rich, has a PhD and is a retired psychotherapist with a lifetime of experience in dealing with his o
Don Lubov
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Don Lubov’s Book Review of Dr. Bob Rich’s: “From Depression to Contentment: A Self-Therapy Guide”

Dr. Rich’s book is an outstanding self-therapy guide. He offers multiple solutions to multiple problems, and they are all user-friendly.

Bob is obviously a writer. On page 49, he tells that “he learns a lot from fictional characters he’s invented, who then take on a life of their own.” Through these characters, we are shown how to cope and to heal.

On page 51, Bob clarifies the Buddhist teaching of
Joan Edwards
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are depressed, a little sad, or you want to help others get out of their depressed moods, Dr. Bob Rich’s book From Depression to Contentment gives many ways to lift yourself or help others go from feelings of hopelessness to feelings of contentment.

Dr. Rich’s book gives examples of people who came to him as a psychologist professionally. Of course, he changed their names and locations to protect their identities. When you are encompassed by sad feelings, you need a different perspective
Kev Richardson
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Review on From Depression to Contentment

This is one of the best instructional books I’ve ever read. I've not only learned much from it but discovered so much about my own life. “From Depression to Contentment” is not in any way a religious book but it gave me the same kind of solace many people get from the Bible and its equivalents in other religions. After dealing with relieving depression, which he understands because he has suffered the pain himself, he explains concepts such as Hedonic A
Dipa Sanatani
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Depression can take a crippling toll on the human psyche. In Harry Potter, JK Rowling drew
on her experiences with depression to portray Dementors: dark-cloaked beings that drain
peace, hope and happiness. As a former junior high school teacher, I’ve encountered first-
hand the effect that depression has on teenagers and those who care for them.

In Dr Bob Rich’s From Depression to Contentment, he reveals how you can beat depression
in a very balanced way. Although his experience and background in aca
Florence Weinberg
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Bob Rich’s book exudes the contentment it promises. Not puffery, not self-promotion, but an atmosphere of true serenity based on a life well balanced and well lived. And Dr. Bob maps out just how to achieve the same; how to go and do likewise.
His style is easygoing and readable, logical, with clear organization. The book begins with a “first-aid” list of things to do to start emerging from depression, and provides the sufferer with weapons: how to relax; how to meditate, and how to recognize
Yvonne Rowan
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Are you steeped in depression? Feeling sad, but don’t know why? Plunged into a seemingly endless grief?
What if you met someone whose greatest joy in life (yes, greatest joy) is to take you gently by the hand and lead you step by step into a lighter place, a life worthy of living? Not a perfect life, of course, filled with eternal joy, but a meaningful one cuddled in contentment—an attainable one, one you can realistically reach.
Dr. Bob Rich is a professional psychotherapist who has helped himse
T.A. Sullivan
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The advice (while similar to that I have read in articles and books by other therapists) was written in a friendlier, less clinical tone, which makes it much easier to understand. This guide also comes with a set of exercises designed to help you overcome depression in series of steps. For someone who suffers periodic bouts of severe depression, I understand how accomplishing even small steps toward a goal can boost a person's confidence, which makes a person that much more eager to tackle the ...more
Beth Burgess
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you been diagnosed with depression? Do you believe you're stuck with it, because of your genetics, your brain chemistry, your past, or your circumstances? Luckily, you're not. In From Depression to Contentment, Dr. Bob Rich reveals how you can re-engineer your life to beat depression.

The book is empowering, empathetic, and written with great intelligence. The guide draws on many proven therapeutic techniques, and Dr. Bob adds something new and creative to each one, making them even more pow
Kellman Heinnz
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Bob Rich's "From Depression to Contentment" is like a flint fire-starter. It's basic, it's foolproof, and it might save your life some day.

Say you're stuck in the wilderness, and it's raining, and you're getting colder and colder. Here's what you don't need in that situation: You don't need to know the complicated thermodynamics of how fires work, you don't need a fancy 3-pronged weenie-roaster, and you really don't need some cheerleader on the sidelines yelling "Yoo-hoo, believe in the pow
Kamal Gabry
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Man, I love this Book. It is so rich and enriching! First, it is written by a name I heard about since I was a fellow at NIMH in the late 1990’s. The Book covers all the essentials, not only to overcome depression, but also to prevent and heal most versions of mental suffering.

It is holistic, practical and engaging. I personally feel attuned with many quotes from the Book because I wrote similar ones. “Depression is a way of seeing the world, not a disease!”; “Whatever depression tells you, do
Nina Savelle-Rocklin
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From Depression to Contentment is a masterful fusion of therapeutic expertise and vulnerable memoir, with threads of history, science, and literature woven throughout. Dr. Bob Rich gives practical and powerful strategies to challenge and overcome depression, ranging from book recommendations to visualization to self-care and creativity. Readers struggling with depression will find empathy, guidance, and a compassionate view of depression (a refreshing departure from the biomedical model of depre ...more
Walter Stoffel
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a drug and alcohol counselor, From Depression to Contentment proved to be a most timely read for me. Though addiction causes its own set of problems, substance abuse is often driven by an underlying mental health issue. I’m always looking for guidance in helping people and I found it in this book
Dr. Rich leaves no stone unturned — he draws on science, academia, religions of all stripes and personal experience to forge strategies for self-empowerment. Most importantly, the author provides conc
David Morawetz
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From Depression to Contentment by Dr Bob Rich
reviewed by Dr David Morawetz, Counselling Psychologist
Dr Bob Rich’s book is based on good science, and It is enjoyable to read. Many books take a single approach as the solution to all ills, for example Cognitive Behavioural Psychology or CBT. Bob’s book starts with CBT, but then offers other approaches. As he writes accurately, “Nothing works for everyone, but something works for everyone.” He then goes beyond therapy and covers positive psychology
Carolyn Wilhelm
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Discusses the causes of human suffering and offers practical solutiond

Dr. Bob Rich has answers for the “do-it-yourself” person to start implementing today. He says a label is only a summary for a set of behaviors. He says there are no depression or mental health genes. Why do people suffer? He says it is the interaction of many hereditary and environmental influences. Why does depression happen? Dr. Rich says it is not easy to figure out, as we all have genetic strengths and weaknesses.

He lists
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
What I loved about this book is how informative and easy to understand it was. For someone who is not directly related to that field of depression, the book comes across as a very effortless to understand kind of book, even though depression is complex and has many layers to it.

As the word is getting more busy and digital, I think that this book is the perfect tool to have around as it has easy ways for you to simply open a chapter and read about some of the ways you could get out of the depres
Laurie Zelinger
Dr. Bob combines his knowledge of psychology, religion, and professional clinical experience to provide the reader with a down-to-earth explanation of emotional and psychiatric disorders. His candid revelation and description of his own personal emotional struggles humanizes him so that the reader almost feels they know him personally. Dr. Bob also provides literary and internet resources for further reading should one wish to learn more about a particular issue beyond the words of this book.
Christina Warner
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An important book no matter your age or gender or where you live. Dr. Bob Rich has complied a comprehensive guide on what depression is, how to identify it, and tools to help. You will learn concrete exercises on relaxation, the different types of depression and sadness (e.g. burnout, meaninglessness, dysthymia) and has a fascinating mix of history, philosophy, medical and pragmatic guide. I highly recommend this book for I truly believe it can change someone's life.
Duke Saganich
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
"From Deppresion to Contentment"
I’m impressed the way Dr. Bob Rich describes the basic foundation for a contented life in Chapter 2 “Basic First Aid”. I also find that Chapter 7 “Spiritual Care” to be very interesting. I think this book can be very helpful for people who are dealing with depression and want to find a pathway to heal.
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can Confidently say that this is one of the best books I’ve ever read, after reading I have come to a better understanding of my own depression and have had a complete shift in how I view myself and the world around me. 5 out of 5 stars, 2 thumbs way up, I sincerely hope that Bob does an audiobook version. I will be recommending this book to anyone who will listen.
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