As copies of The Awakening have made their rounds among my staff, patients, and friends (I’ll admit that I recommend books as often as nonprescription medicines), I have been surprised by its apparent benefits. A 17-year-old with oppositional disorder and dysthymia was finally able to open up to her mother, who tells me they have even begun to develop a genuinely warm relationship. An octogenarian with decades-long depressive disorder has finally admitted her vulnerability and begun to discuss her worries and fears. A 55-year-old who read it recently revealed a heavy burden he had never dared speak of with anyone, even (or especially?) his immediate family. Another man, facing a midlife crisis, told me that the book helped him make headway in dealing with suppressed tensions that weighed on him so heavily that he was beginning to lose his emotional stability. I have seen clouds of depression lift, levels of functioning improve, and the reduction (and even, in a few cases, the discontinuation) of psychotropic medications.