Depression For Dummies [NOOK Book]

Overview

"What do you have to be depressed about?" Bet you've heard that one before. Or how about, "You're depressed? Just get over it!" Easier said than done, right? Or here's a favorite, "They have a pill for that now, you know."

Unfortunately, such na?ve armchair psychology rarely works for someone suffering from the very real plight of depression. All it does is seek to trivialize depression and characterize depressed people as "whiners" who have nothing better to do than to "complain about their lives." But the truth...

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Overview

"What do you have to be depressed about?" Bet you've heard that one before. Or how about, "You're depressed? Just get over it!" Easier said than done, right? Or here's a favorite, "They have a pill for that now, you know."

Unfortunately, such naïve armchair psychology rarely works for someone suffering from the very real plight of depression. All it does is seek to trivialize depression and characterize depressed people as "whiners" who have nothing better to do than to "complain about their lives." But the truth is, depression is a very real problem. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that, on any given day, 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. And depression rates continue to increase – for example, kids exhibit depression at nearly ten times the rate of previous generations. Theories abound as to why depression rates are increasing, but regardless of the cause, this scourge continues to rob its victims of happiness, joy, and the capacity to give and receive love.

So why Depression For Dummies, when there's already a glut of self-help books on the market peddling so-called cures and remedies for depression? Because this book satisfies the need for a straight-talking, no-nonsense resource on depression. The only agenda of Depression For Dummies is to present you with the facts on depression and explain the options for dealing with it. Rest assured, this is no infomercial in a yellow and black cover.

Here's just a sampling of what you'll find in Depression For Dummies:

  • Demystifying the types of depression
  • Discovering what goes on in the body of a depressed person
  • Detecting and diagnosing depression
  • Seeking help through therapy and medication
  • Modifying depressed behavior and solving life's headaches
  • Dealing with depression resulting from grief and relationship issues
  • Cutting through the hype of alternative treatments for depression
  • Moving beyond depression: Avoiding relapses and pursuing a happy life
  • Top Ten lists on getting rid of a your bad mood and helping your kids and other family members out of depression

So, whatever your level of depression – whether you suffer from occasional bouts or you find yourself seriously debilitated by depression – Depression For Dummies can give you the insight and tools you need to once again find enjoyment and happiness in life. All it takes is one step.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118068915
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/22/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Sales rank: 130,732
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Laura L. Smith, PhD and Charles H. Elliott, PhD are both international speakers who have clinical practices specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
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Table of Contents

Foreword.

Introduction.

Part I: Discovering Depression and Preparing a Plan.

Chapter 1: Demystifying and Defeating Depression.

Chapter 2: Detecting Depression.

Chapter 3: Breaking Barriers to Change.

Chapter 4: Finding Help for Depression.

Part II: Untwisting Your Thinking: Thought Therapy.

Chapter 5: Discovering Depression-Driven Thinking.

Chapter 6: Breaking Up the Dark Clouds of Depressive Thinking.

Chapter 7: Discovering the Cracked Lenses Behind Depression.

Chapter 8: Mending Your Memory.

Part III: Taking Action Against Depression: Behavior Therapy.

Chapter 9: Getting Out of Bed.

Chapter 10: Working Out to Lift Depression.

Chapter 11: Rediscovering Healthy Pleasures.

Chapter 12: Solving Life’s Headaches.

Part IV: Rebuilding Connections: Relationship Therapy.

Chapter 13:Working Through Loss, Grief, and Mourning.

Chapter 14: Relationship Enhancement.

Part V: Fighting the Physical Foe: Biological Therapies.

Chapter 15: Prescribing Pleasure.

Chapter 16: Hype, Help, or Hope? Alternative Treatments for Depression.

Part VI: Looking Beyond Depression.

Chapter 17: Reducing the Risk of Relapse.

Chapter 18: Confronting Depression with Mindfulness.

Chapter 19: Pursuing Happiness Through Positive Psychology.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Ways Out of a Bad Mood.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Help Kids With Depression.

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Help a Friend or Lover with Depression.

Appendix: Resources for You.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2004

    such a good book- really helpful!!!

    My therapist suggested that I read Depression for Dummies. We worked together on some of the exercises and they really helped me. I really liked the way the authors explained how medication worked. Also enjoyed the chapter called 'Getting out of bed.' Thanks!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Nice name

    Sorry, i just thought the title was sort off ironc to say tht to a depressed person.. xD

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Highly recommended

    It is simple, understandable and very helpful.

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    Great Book. Very Helpful. Eaasy To Understand.

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  • Posted May 23, 2009

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    Another MUST HAVE from the DUMMY Series...

    This is another great book to help you work with your counselor or therapist, psychologist...whatever...or just by yourself...as added help. Just go slow and take your time, but just know this is does work.

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