New Book Challenges Current Thinking on Depression and Finds Advantages in the Condition

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Author Tom Wootton has announced the publication of his second book, The Depression Advantage, a bold departure from the accepted theories on the depressed state and its treatment. The new book celebrates the advantages of spiritual, personal and social growth possible through the experience of depressed states.

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Tom Wootton, author of The Bipolar Advantage, has just announced the release of his second book, The Depression Advantage, a stirring and sometimes controversial look at the depressive condition and its potential benefits for depressed people.

Mr. Wootton is the founder of Bipolar Advantage: A company dedicated to spreading the message that people with mental conditions can lead full and productive lives. His books can be purchased at:

The Depression Advantage is an audacious departure from the accepted doctrine and canon of literature on depression. The book celebrates the advantages of spiritual, personal and social growth possible through the experience of depressed states and challenges current thinking on depression treatment.

Drawing from historical and literary examples ranging from the lives of the Saints to Buddhist parables to pop culture heroes like the X-Men, The Depression Advantage demonstrates that physical, mental, emotional and spiritual pain can be a catalyst for personal growth and transcendent understanding.

The Depression Advantage redefines the scale of functionality for depressed people; teaching them how to reach inside their pain to find a place of spiritual peace, understanding and growth.

Mr. Wootton's first book, The Bipolar Advantage is a revelation. It is one man's journey through the darkness and light of the bipolar condition to a place of spiritual joy, functionality and excellence that holds lessons for everyone with a diagnosis of bipolar.

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, 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.

Ultimately, The Bipolar Advantage will stand as a guide book for those who don't want to accept a diminished view of their lives after a diagnosis of bipolar. It's a road map to wellness and strength that will stand the test of time and the changing winds of popular bipolar treatment modalities.

Information on both books can be found at:

Mr Wootton will be featured as Keynote Speaker and workshop facilitator at the 17th Annual Conference of the DBSA (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) of California on October 12th & 13th. In addition Mr. Wootton is the keynote speaker for the 2007 Annual Conference and Criminal Justice Symposium sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Pennsylvania held in Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, October 27th at 12:00 pm at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel. Call 800-223-0500 for information or email NAMI-PA@NAMI.ORG

Mr. Wootton will be facilitating workshops, entitled "Bipolar in Order," on managing bipolar illness and moving to the next level of functionality for bipolar people and their families, on November 17, 2007 at the Doubletree Hotel in Sacramento. Call or email for details and registration. 734-464-3022 or 877-231-(HOPE) 4673 or register online at Other dates and locations are available on the web site.


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