Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison by Dorothy Rowe

Great book!

Val Penny's Book Reviews

If you don’t feel the need for deeper understanding, then this book by Dorothy Rowe will be no use to you.  Dr Dorothy Rowe was born in Australia in 1930 and is a psychologist and author, whose particular area of interest is depression.  She came to England in her forties and worked at  Sheffield University.  She was the head of the Lincolnshire Department of Clinical Psychology.  In addition to her published works on depression, she is a columnist in the UK.


Dr Rowe’s work was ground breaking.  She spent her time working with depressed patients and, through listening to their stories, came to reject the medical model of mental illness. She worked instead within a personal construct theory.

Dr Rowe believes that depression is a result of beliefs which do not enable a person to live comfortably with themselves or the world. Most notably she explains that it is a belief in a “Just World” (that the…

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