Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT BANISH THE BLUES NOW by Catherine Carrigan @CSCarrigan

Today’s team review is from Shelley, she blogs at

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Shelley has been reading Banish The Blues Now by Catherine Carrigan


My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I am the first to congratulate anyone who can turn their health and wellbeing around using natural healing, so I was excited to read Banish the Blues, by an author who has lived through depression and been clear of medication for 22 years.

The author knows her subject matter and has taken great care and attention to detail when collating the information and advice for this book.

Banish the Blues, is set out as five ‘books’ divided into short chapters. In the introduction, Carrigan explains her personal story and the journey to recovery that she began many years ago. It is written from the heart, and anyone who has been touched by depression will be able to resonate with her words.

The advice from the author is straight forward and clearly laid out. I did like the section about flower essences and will look into this more for my own health and wellbeing. There is a lengthy (23 pages) bibliography at the back of the book as an abundant resource for further reading.

Unfortunately, it felt more like a directory than a self-help book, and I would have liked the author to have gone much deeper into each area. She began with her personal journey, and I was hoping for more of an explanation of her specific experience and how she transferred her lessons to real-life events. The endless pages of symptom lists became slightly monotonous for me. Although there is plenty of useful information for the reader to take away from this title, it didn’t quite deliver what I had hoped for.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT

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7 thoughts on “Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT BANISH THE BLUES NOW by Catherine Carrigan @CSCarrigan

  1. I can see what you mean – for this sort of book, you want someone to say, I did this, and I can show you that it helped me because a,b and c happened, don’t you? 🙂


    • Absolutely, Terry. Self-help is such and individual topic, but we can gather our resources from others who have ‘been there, done it’. I would have loved to read more about her personal experience. 🙂


  2. This book would probably benefit anyone suffering from depression, especially now that “natural treatments” are in vogue. Prescription drugs, which have many side effects, are not the answer for a lot of people.

    Thanks for reviewing, Shelley. Shared and pinned.:)


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