A Secret Sadness: The Hidden Relationship Patterns That Make Women Depressed

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Can Your Relationships Make You Depressed?

Past and current patterns, unrealistic expectations, and assumptions about your role in the lives of the people close to you may cause or worsen depression. A Secret Sadness offers a groundbreaking perspective on this phenomenon, as well as powerful tools you can use to explore this issue in your own life.

Women experience depression at a higher rate than men, and researchers have recently uncovered ...

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Overview

Can Your Relationships Make You Depressed?

Past and current patterns, unrealistic expectations, and assumptions about your role in the lives of the people close to you may cause or worsen depression. A Secret Sadness offers a groundbreaking perspective on this phenomenon, as well as powerful tools you can use to explore this issue in your own life.

Women experience depression at a higher rate than men, and researchers have recently uncovered evidence that suggests this may be due to the higher importance they place on their interpersonal relationships. Some of these researchers believe that women who struggle with relationships may be at higher risk for depression because their relationships are intertwined with their self-esteem and perceptions of personal success. This breakthrough book examines the often hidden relationship factors that make women depressed, the secret sadness that can last a lifetime.

Using three detailed case studies from her own practice, author and psychologist Valerie Whiffen explains how interpersonal problems can contribute to feelings of depression. Her insightful narrative sheds light on these problems, and will help you begin your journey toward healing. You'll learn how to explore your own relationships with intimate partners, children, and parents -with an eye for how these relationships may contribute to feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and anxiety. You'll ultimately be able to use this information to help overcome depression. And if depression has touched the life of someone you love, this book will help you to understand her better. Revealing the secret sadness is the first step to moving beyond depression and into a life of balance and joy.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Whiffen's fine introduction to depression places the disease in the context of women's interpersonal relationships, simply and methodically underscoring the correlation between a woman's formative connections with her parents, her romantic relationships as an adult and her emotional well-being and sense of self. For many patients, "feeling depressed is better than admitting a truth about a relationship with someone important that would lead to profound feelings of sadness," theorizes the author, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa. She examines various stages of development to illuminate how parenting styles and early life attachments affect a child's ability to cope with stress or conflict in intimate relationships later in life. Throughout, Whiffen enhances the accessible, instructive text with the stories of three of her patients. The volume includes thought-provoking, workbooklike questions at the end of each chapter for readers to consider their own behavior and feelings. Whiffen encourages women suffering from depression to undergo therapy, and information about treatment options, with a brief mention of antidepressants, rounds out the book. Readers are left with an encouraging mantra: "Remember that our lives don't change; we change our lives." (Jan.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572246928
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Unassigned Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 778,267
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Valerie E. Whiffen, PhD, has been a researcher, professor, and psychologist in private practice since 1986. For twenty years, she was a researcher and professor of psychology, first at the University of Western Ontario, then at the University of Ottawa. After publishing the hardcover edition of A Secret Sadness in 2006, she moved to Vancouver, BC, where she is now in private practice. Whiffen continues to be actively interested in research and holds a research grant to study couple relationships in breast cancer patients. She also serves as a peer reviewer and sits on the editorial boards for several professional psychology journals. Since 2008, she has been an elected member of the Board of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. In addition to A Secret Sadness, she has authored numerous chapters in professional books, more than forty research articles, and coauthored Attachment Processes in Couple and Family Therapy with Susan Johnson. Her primary research and clinical interests are gender and depression.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Excellent book for women who suffer depression

    The book is the first that I have found that speaks directly to women about the special characteristics of their depression. It is not written in technical term but every day language that is easy to understand. Women can relate to the stories that are told and find areas in their lives where they have felt the same way.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

    Important and intelligent self-help book

    "A Secret Sadness" is an important and intelligent self-help book for women struggling to understand and change their unhappy lives. Focusing on relationship patterns, Whiffen unveils factors in the development, maintenance and reoccurrence of depression in women, and encourages an active, well-informed, and honest participation in the journey of self-change.

    -- Dalit Weinberg, Ph.D., C.Psych., St. John's Rehab Hospital,
    Toronto.

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