Depression affects people of all social classes, racial groups, and at all ages. 121 million people worldwide currently suffer from depression (World Health Organisation). In Britain alone, one adult in twenty is depressed at any one time. 60 per cent of adults will experience depression at some point in their lives yet around the same number of us say we would feel embarrassed consulting a GP about it. Alexandra Massey has been through the hell of depression and has come out the other side with a radical book that will help sufferers overcome the worst aspects of the condition without the use of medication. Her practical, realistic advice includes 10 suggestions for what you can do when you are too depressed to move, and then 10 more for how to progress when your head is just above the water, how to deal with children and how to beat depression without medication.