Defeating Depression: The Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and Satisfaction by Leo J. Battenhausen

Defeating Depression: The Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and Satisfaction
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Author: Leo J. Battenhausen
Publisher: New Horizon Press
Copyright Date: 2011
Foundational Characters: n/a
Standard Rating: YA
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Available Formats: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0882823248
ISBN-13: 978-0882823249
Book Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
Page Count: 224
Genre: Non-Fiction
Sub-Genre: Self Help, Depression, Psychology, Mind & Body
Tags: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Depression, Psychology, Mind & Body


Today 450 million people globally suffer from mental disorders in both developed and developing countries. Of these, 154 million suffer from depression. In the United States alone, 18.8 million adults or about 9.5 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year, have a depressive disorder.

Why do so many people feel down, dispirited and unable to find happiness? While the pharmaceutical companies continue to churn out “new and improved” anti-depressant drugs, the numbers of depressed people still continue to rise. Author Leo J. Battenhausen reveals twenty years of his proven therapies so those discouraged and disheartened can finally overcome the hopelessness that festers in their hearts.

Battenhausen, in Defeating Depression, delivers practical and usable concepts, ideas, practices, examples and strategies, which will provide readers with the ability to begin turning their lives around so that unhappiness and depression can be defeated. They will learn how to achieve their own peace of mind. Battenhausen reveals a unique, sensible and proven technique that will show how to utilize healthy self-talk, realistic self-appreciation and innovative coping strategies to handle difficult external events and troublesome people in ways that help us to become responsible for our own happiness and peace of mind.

Defeating Depression delivers a very usable and effective strategy for people to start feeling better about who they are, the world they live in, the work they do and the people with whom they choose to be involved.

“…spells out the way to cope with setbacks without turning to medications or bad choices such as alcohol or illegal drugs.”

— Bookviews by Alan Caruba

“…a valuable mental-health tool.”

— Library Journal

(From the publisher’s website)

The Revelation

When I first came across Defeating Depression by Leo Battenhausen, I thought to myself, not another book about fighting depression. The truth is, cases of depression are on the rise the world over. More and more people find themselves with a really bad, extended case of the blues that they just can’t seem to shake on their own, and these people all need help. Depression has hit my own family hard, and I know what it’s like to deal with a loved one that finds no joy in life.

Battenhausen’s approach is different from many others I have seen and read before. The subtitle of the book is, The Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and Satisfaction. When I first read it, it didn’t make any sense. Then I started reading. The first two chapters explain what Calm and Sense are as a foundation for the rest of the book. Battenhausen keeps these two chapters very short-about 10 pages in total-so the reader will not get bogged down in the theories and fluff found in so many other books about depression.

Battenhausen brings a lot of experience to the table, and his experience comes through in the contents of his book. He is a very capable writer, keeping difficult terms out of the book when they aren’t necessary and defining terms that readers may not understand immediately. Many other authors gloss over important definitions when dealing with this topic, and the reader feels both alienated and stupid at the same time.

Defeating Depression is dripping with good advice. Really, anyone that wants to find more joy and happiness will benefit from reading this book. Depression is tough for people to deal with. Life in general is also difficult to deal with at times. This book can help you figure out what you can do to make your life easier and happier.


Written for a general audience.

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