Leo J. Battenhausen uses his expertise honed through over two decades of work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Licensed Clinical and Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Relationship Specialist and Certified School Social Worker to guide and help readers through troubling times in Defeating Depression: The Calm and Sense Way to Find Happiness and Satisfaction. For anyone who is tired of medications, failed treatments and feeling down all the time, Battenhausen helps to uplift the spirit through a logical, simple approach that changes lives by changing perspectives.
Battenhausen uses a "calm and sense" approach to teach readers how to "remain Calm and make Sense of all the adverse and unpleasant situations and people you encounter." For readers who struggle to find calm and the serenity of inner peace, Battenhausen serves as a guide for discovering our "Emotional Invincibility" in which "we are in control of our emotions and don't hand control of them over to people or circumstances." The second key to the approach, sense, helps readers to find self-acceptance, take control of their own destinies, and take responsibility for their own happiness, rather than waiting for external people and events to create happiness for them.
By guiding readers through the applications of Calm and Sense, Battenhausen helps them to first mend their own lives, then to move on with a renewed and complete sense of self. In so doing, readers are able to mend their relationships, enhance their careers, as well as other aspects of their lives. The author shares real-life stories, showing readers that they are not alone in their struggles, and to realize how the teachings are applicable in real-life scenarios.
Battenhausen systematically dismantles all of the hurdles that people create for themselves, preventing true happiness. These hurdles present themselves in a number of ways, from failure to attain financial success or to failure to find a relationship. By overcoming such mindsets as feeling owed by the world or even trying to change others, readers can learn to overcome depression through acceptance and a renewed joy in life.
Defeating Depression motivates introspection, asking readers if they need an "emotional makeover," and equips them with the tools for defeating the "demons" that are emotionally holding them back from improving the overall quality of their lives. It is a truly inspirational work by an author who takes a realistic and simple approach that does not rely on anyone, save the readers themselves and their own willingness to change and create a lasting happiness.