This small self-help book is a brutally honest but light-hearted document of experience, from a 30-year sufferer of depression. In 1997 Tony DeLorger at age 44 experienced a crisis in his life and was diagnosed with having Dysthymic Disorder, a long-term form of depression. He soon discovered how this affliction had plagued his life from as early as his late teens. This book faithfully documents his experience. The book explores, through his eyes, his very personal journey through psychotherapy, drug therapy and ultimately his road of discovery.
This is not a medical text, but a honest account of personal experience, offering ideas and workable tools to assist sufferers of depression to cope with their disorder on a day-to-day basis. For sufferers, their family and friends, this small book offers a light at the end of the tunnel and the opportunity to gain some perspective regarding a condition that has become the disease of the 21st century.
"Depression need not be a sentence, but a journey of self-discovery."
"I would hope that this book helps other people to understand depression and to complete theirjourney in a successful way." Dr. Milton Bowman MBBS, FRANZCP, MRCPsych.
"I welcome this book. It will provide readers with an insight into what it is like to live with depression and help people to better understand the illness." Leonie Young, Chief Executive of beyondblue:the national depression initiative.
Voted amongst the best top six reads in the mental health category "Good Medicine" Magazine, March 2005.
About the Author
Anthony Raymond DeLorger was born in the southern suburbs of Sydney, Australia in 1953. Coming from an artistic family he studied artand photography and began a career inadvertising in his twenties.
Since then his experience has broadened into business management and marketing. He is an accomplished musician, designer, graphic and fine artist, and has written commercially for tabloid and magazine advertising as well as for radio and television commercials- concepts, music and scripts.
Personally he has experienced tragedy in his life with the death of his first born child, losing both parents to cancer and having been through two previous marriage break-ups.
He also suffers from Dysthymia, a long-term form of depression. Because of these experiences, he has gained a unique perception of the human psyche, conditioning and motivations, which he uses to advantage in his writing.
Tony now resides in Adelaide with his wife of 20 years and their two children. He also has three older children from his previous marriage, one in Sydney, one in Canberra, and one in Queensland.