How You Can Survive When They're Depressed : Living and Coping With Depression Fallout

How You Can Survive When They're Depressed : Living and Coping With Depression Fallout

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by Anne Sheffield
     
 

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Each year more than 17 million Americans suffer from a depressive illness, yet few suffer in solitude. How You Can Survive When They're Depressed explores depression from the perspective of those who are closest to the sufferers of this prevalent disorder--spouses, parents, children, and lovers--and gives the successful coping strategies of many people who live…  See more details below

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Each year more than 17 million Americans suffer from a depressive illness, yet few suffer in solitude. How You Can Survive When They're Depressed explores depression from the perspective of those who are closest to the sufferers of this prevalent disorder--spouses, parents, children, and lovers--and gives the successful coping strategies of many people who live with a clinical depressive or manic-depressive and often suffer in silence, believing their own problems have no claim to attention.

Depression fallout is the emotional toll on the depressive's family and close friends who are unaware of their own stressful reactions and needs. Sheffield outlines the five stages of depression fallout: confusion, self-doubt, demoralization, anger, and finally, the desire to escape. Many people will find relief in the knowledge that their self-blame, guilt, sadness, and resentment are a natural result of living with a depressed person.
        
Sheffield brings together many real-life examples from the pioneering support group she attends at Beth Israel Medical Center of how people with depression fallout have learned to cope. From setting boundaries to maintaining an outside social life, she gives practical tactics for handling the challenges and emotional stresses on a day-to-day basis.

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"Anne Sheffield has guided me to fresh recognitions of myself . . . I wish we'd had this book decades ago."        
—Rose Styron

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307556912
Publisher:
Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony
Publication date:
02/04/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
105,759
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Anne Sheffield is the daughter of a depressive. She has worked as a scientist at the Population and Development Program of the Battelle Memorial Institute and has run her own consulting firm. For more information on depression fallout, visit the author's Web site: depressionfallout.com.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read that truly captured what I was experiencing. It gave me a new perspective on my husband's illness. It also helped me to understand how I was allowing his depression to rule both of our lives. I highly recommend this book and thank Anne Sheffield for her straightforward insight and advice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would strongly recommend this book for anyone who has a loved one suffering from depression. It has provided me invaluable insight and let me know I'm not alone in my feelings and experiences. I have read it 3 times already and always refer back to it when I'm having a particularly tough time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read Anne Sheffield's other book but felt that I was missing some information. When I found this book, it really helped me. It provided clear understandable information without overwhelming me with medical terminology. It is definitely "user-friendly" and finding her books has helped me gain a new perspective on my situation. I would recommend it to anyone struggling with a depressed or bi-polar person in their life.
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