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Beating the Blues: New Approaches to Overcoming Dysthymia and Chronic Mild Depression

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Mild depressions are so insidious that sufferers often don't seek help. They think, "That's just the way I am. There's really not much I can do about it." As Dr. Michael Thase and science writer Susan S. Lang reveal in this wonderful new book, the good news is they can do something about it. Persistent mild depression, which afflicts up to 35 million Americans, can be readily and permanently cured. Thase and Lang show how chronic mild depression can be relieved by learning strategies that help us to recognize ...
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Overview

Mild depressions are so insidious that sufferers often don't seek help. They think, "That's just the way I am. There's really not much I can do about it." As Dr. Michael Thase and science writer Susan S. Lang reveal in this wonderful new book, the good news is they can do something about it. Persistent mild depression, which afflicts up to 35 million Americans, can be readily and permanently cured. Thase and Lang show how chronic mild depression can be relieved by learning strategies that help us to recognize negative and distorted thinking patterns that lead to a downward spiral of pessimism. They reveal that a combination of medication and therapy has been shown to be the most effective treatment for mild depression, with an impressive 85% of patients experiencing full relief. They discuss when you should seek help from a therapist and what kinds of therapy seem the most effective (therapies that focus on the here and now seem to work best); outline the safer new antidepressants that are helpful for both mild and severe depressions, detailing each drug's strength and weakness; and examine alternative therapies, including stress management (meditation, relaxation, massage, biofeedback), physical exercise, acupuncture, supplements, and other mind/body therapies. Finally, they provide in-depth discussions of mild depression in children, adolescents, college students, and elderly parents, as well as those with chronic stress. Throughout, the authors use boxed text and charts to make the key ideas immediately accessible and easy to use. Beating the Blues is an inspiring and empowering book, filled with the information and encouragement you need to turn your life around and begin to feel renewed pleasure and joy.
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"Easy to read about, tough to put into practice, Thase's strategies for feeling better are worth the time and effort."—Chicago Tribune

"Stop weeping into your Cheerios and do something to help yourself. If you've been chalking up your fatigue, irritation, pessimism and anti-social behavior to a mood swing, surprise - that mood swing you've had for 15 years may actually be dysthymia. More subtle than severe depression, Dysthymia is a mild version of the disorder that lasts for more than two years. The easy-to-read 'Blues' describes therapies, medications and alternative approaches that can help you feel better."—New York Daily News

"If you need help lifting the veil of gloom and apathy, this is the best concise guide to treating chronic depression I have seen."—James H. Kocsis, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Cornell Medical Center

"Michael Thase is unique in that he has internationally renowned expertise both in medication treatment and in psychotherapy for depression. He writes clearly and colorfully. This book on chronic depression, a troubling affliction that is too often ignored, is a masterpiece. I couldn't put it down."—Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D., Titus H. Harris Chair, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

"This book is a step forward. Dr. Thase is an expert in depression, with a wealth of clinical experience, scholarly knowledge, and a scientist's incisive judgment. His research encompasses both biological and psychotherapeutic treatments. The reader of Beating the Blues can trust what he or she learns. This book helps bridge the gap between knowledge and its practical application to heal."—Alan J. Gelenberg, M.D., Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine, and Founding Editor of Biological Therapies in Psychiatry Newsletter and Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615532513
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/23/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael E. Thase M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Mood Disorders Module at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also Chief of the Division of Adult Academic Psychiatry and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, in Pittsburgh.
Susan S. Lang is an award-winning Senior Science Writer at Cornell University and author of 11 other books and hundreds of magazine articles on health and psychology.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 Understanding Dysthymia and its Milder Forms
1 What Is Dysthymia? 3
2 The Spectrum of Dysthymia and Depression 14
3 How Dysthymia Is Diagnosed 30
4 Who Gets Dysthymia and Why: Causes and Risk Factors 41
Pt. 2 How to Feel Better
5 The Psychology of Feeling Good 57
6 Psychotherapy 87
7 Medications 98
8 Exercise and Nutrition 112
9 Herbal and Other Types of Supplements 118
10 Supplemental Strategies 128
Pt. 3 Special Concerns of Various Populations
11 Dysthymia in Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults 141
12 Gender and Dysthymia 147
13 Dysthymia and Aging 154
Conclusion: Putting It All Together 161
App. 1 Daily Symptom Log 165
App. 2 Most Commonly Used Antidepressants for Dysthymia 166
App. 3 Resources (Organizations, Web Sites, Discussion Groups, etc.) 168
References 175
Index 185
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