In contrast to many how-to books of this genre, Jumping the Loop does not patronise the reader by padding out the book with repeats of over-simplified information. It draws on the latest thinking about neural pathways and depression and offers clear and practical information. Peta Price integrates literary characters who have depression (Anna Karenina, Eeyore, Marvin the Robot) to illustrate key points and this is an interesting and somewhat quirky idea. Sometimes it works beautifully. The book’s section on sleep is great and makes it easy to make a start straight away. The theoretical chapters seemed current and useful if you are interested in understanding about the brain processes in depression. What makes this book fantastic are its practical tasks and activities, such as a brilliantly simple mindfulness exercise and relaxation and grounding activities which you can do anywhere, any time. The inclusion of a chapter about bipolar disorder (manic depression) is relevant and helpful. Overall, I like this book. It takes about 2 hours to read cover to cover so it is not going to languish on your bench being too daunting to pick up. It is suitable for smart people who are dealing with depression of their own or of a family member. Once you read it, I bet it will become a much-used reference to help beat depression.
– Dr. M Fernbach
What an amazing step-by step, day-by-day guide Jumping the Loop is in alleviating the symptoms of depression. Clinical psychologist Peta Price has written a wonderful guide for those who suffer depression and for those who want to understand its effects.
It is cleverly written with references to Anna Karenina, The Hundred Acre Wood and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and by discussing the depressed characters such as Anna, Eeyore and Marvin and the optimistic opposites, such as Count Stiva Oblonsky, Winnie the Pooh and Zaphod Beeblebrox, depression is defined and remedies suggested.
This book is an easy read with an enormous amount of hope for sufferers. It gives you strategies that will upon practise, help you gain a sense of yourself and your life.
It promotes positive thinking and a continued participation in proven therapies. For the families, this book is full of insightful advice on how to support your loved ones. It is certainly a refreshing look at what is one of the most prevalent conditions in Australia today. It is well worth a read by all.
Review: Nicole Frith, The Courier, 14 February 2015.
Despite Pain clearly infers what is most important for the person with chronic pain and that is, life can continue in spite of pain. This book explains what happens in these situations so that all have the potential to understand the condition. It then provides solutions that enable people to cope with the condition. It is an excellent book on understanding and coping with chronic pain.
– Dr. John Bourke, Orthopaedic Surgeon
As I was reading it I could imagine my clients reacting to it in a very positive manner by nodding their heads … that someone “gets it”.
-Dr. Sarah McKinnon, Clinical Psychologist
The reasons why someone has developed chronic pain, and the best ways of dealing with it, can cause considerable confusion and distress for both the person concerned and their family. Despite Pain addresses that confusion by explaining the mechanisms associated with pain processes, the things that people can expect when they attend the appointments of health professionals, and the pitfalls and traps that need to be avoided. In addition, practical strategies for increasing activities and managing emotional distress are presented. All the advice provided is based on recent and acknowledged research.
– Dr. Hilary Flavell, Clinical Psychologist
This is a very strong and interesting collection. Peta Price writes lyrically of different worlds, Australia and Africa certainly, but as they’re recreated in the imagination with respect to time, landscape, human contact and feeling. Her poems are explorations, journeys between places, words and concepts, and, as “An Invitation” suggests so appropriately, “You must go beyond/what you see.” There is a fine self-consciousness in this poetry.
– Brian Edwards.
Price’s collection of poems offer delicate music in minor keys. They breathe nostalgia’s grief for the past, recoverable only in words, but this grief is punctuated by other evocations, philosophical, political and personal. Most successful when least direct, such poems touch with humility on the pressing concerns of not only refugees and other exiles but of all who look on the suffering earth, its dying generations and grieve.
Themes of displacement, uncertainty, regret, despoilment, grief and loss are touched upon lightly. There is little here of the bitterness of exile and displacement, while their confusion and disappointment are meticulously rendered.
The scope of Price’s collection ranges from the immediately personal (death of a beloved cat) to the political and ecological troubles of the contemporary world. At its most striking, Price plays a familiar Western Story against an unfamiliar African setting, as in her “Lady of Shallott in Africa.”
– Alice Mills.