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Could your depression be your greatest asset?

Author Tom Wootton thinks it just may be. Mr. Wootton just released his second book “The Depression Advantage”, which touts being depressed as a potential benefit.

An article posted on the website, Medical News Today, reviews the book and its poignant and harrowing look at depression throughout history and its advantages of “spiritual, personal and social growth, possible through the experience of depressed states ”.

The article also mentions My Wootton’s first book “The Bipolar Advantage”, which apparently draws on the same logic; that suffering from a mental illness may actually make you stronger in the long run. The article has this to say about Wootton’s first book;

Raw, honest and brazen, The Bipolar Advantage draws its examples from the real-life experiences of its author, other people with a bipolar diagnosis, and those who have relationships with bipolar people. Pulling no punches, Tom Wootton paints a realistic picture of the bipolar condition in its many faces, and then gently guides the reader through the steps necessary to lead an introspective life that greatly ameliorates those symptoms, with the ultimate goal of helping bipolar people gain control of their lives.

I must admit, the review on Medical News Today’s website has aroused my interest. If you’re interested as well you can pick up a copy of the either book here.

Could your depression be your greatest asset?

Jennifer Bechdel

Jennifer Bechdel, MBA is a freelance and technical writer, as well as a marketing consultant. She focuses on workplace issues, stress, and unemployment topics.

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Bechdel, J. (2018). Could your depression be your greatest asset?. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 19, 2019, from
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