Depression For Dummies

Depression For Dummies

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by Laura L. Smith, Charles H. Elliott
     
 

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"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

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"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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Editorial Reviews

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“…friendly, practical and readable…” (Deirdre Saunders, Agony Aunt in The Sun, June 10 2005)

"...practical, sensible help and advice..." (Essentials, March 2004)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118068915
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/22/2011
Series:
For Dummies Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
388
Sales rank:
287,595
File size:
7 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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Depression For Dummies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
heather27410 More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is simple, understandable and very helpful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry, i just thought the title was sort off ironc to say tht to a depressed person.. xD
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Rena20 More than 1 year ago
Great Book. Very Helpful. Eaasy To Understand.