Managing Your Depression: What You Can Do to Feel Better

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As a physician who personally suffers from depression, Susan J. Noonan draws on her own expertise and empathy to create a guide for people who suffer from the disease. Explaining the basics of mental health—including sleep hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, routine and structure, and avoiding isolation— Managing Your Depression empowers people to participate in their own care, offering them a better chance of getting, and staying, well. Noonan’s depression management strategies draw on the best available ...

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Overview

As a physician who personally suffers from depression, Susan J. Noonan draws on her own expertise and empathy to create a guide for people who suffer from the disease. Explaining the basics of mental health—including sleep hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, routine and structure, and avoiding isolation— Managing Your Depression empowers people to participate in their own care, offering them a better chance of getting, and staying, well. Noonan’s depression management strategies draw on the best available educational resources, psychoeducational programs, seminars, expert health care providers, and patient experiences.

The book is specifically designed to be highly readable for people who are finding it difficult to focus and concentrate during an episode of depression. Cognitive exercises and daily worksheets help track progress and response to therapy and provide valuable information for making treatment decisions. A relapsing and remitting condition, depression affects nearly 15 percent of people in the United States. Managing Your Depression will bring depression management strategies to people who do not have access to mental health programs or who want to learn new skills.

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Reference and Research Book News - James A. Cox

From defining a baseline of depression to charting moods and preventing relapses, this workbook is a top pick for any depression sufferer!

Publishers Weekly
This practical and compassionate handbook is perfectly suited to individuals living with depression: in accessible language, it offers firm, specific advice and quick cognitive tests and self-assessment metrics that even those in the deepest of doldrums will find helpful and relevant. A physician and consultant for Massachusetts General Hospital, Noonan is professionally well-suited to help others manage their sorrow, and she can also speak from personal experience: she too suffers from depression. Culling lessons and insights from her life, her experience with patients, and current literature on the topic, Noonan explains the basics of mental health—including maintaining good eating, sleeping, and exercising habits; building a routine; and shunning isolation—before going on to unpack what mood disorders are, and how they manifest themselves. She recommends seeking the support of professionals, emphasizing that making the most of a therapeutic relationship and taking medications correctly are essential. She also offers the tough-love reminder that self-care is not optional—you must take the time to understand your own triggers, recognize warning signs, identify distorted thoughts, and develop a solid routine and a relapse-prevention plan. Noonan’s is a valuable volume for those suffering from depression, as well as for loved ones who are fighting the fight by their side. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421409474
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2013
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 617,987
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan J. Noonan, M.D., M.P.H., is a board certified physician who currently works as a consultant to Massachusetts General Hospital and CliGnosis, Inc. Timothy Petersen, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jonathan Alpert, M.D., Ph.D., and Andrew Nierenberg, M.D., are psychiatrists.

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