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What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed: A Practical, Compassionate, and Helpful Guide

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A clinical psychologist and expert on depression updates the book that has helped thousands with its combination of professional advice and comfort

There are few circumstances in life as hard and at the same time as important as being a friend to a person who is suffering from depression. What to Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed offers guidance to the friends and family of a depressed person on how to keep one's own spirits up and at the same time do what is best to help a ...

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Overview

A clinical psychologist and expert on depression updates the book that has helped thousands with its combination of professional advice and comfort

There are few circumstances in life as hard and at the same time as important as being a friend to a person who is suffering from depression. What to Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed offers guidance to the friends and family of a depressed person on how to keep one's own spirits up and at the same time do what is best to help a loved one get through a difficult time. Among the many subjects addressed are
• the warning signs of serious illness
• how to maintain intimacy and communication
• the most successful forms of treatment
• what to do when someone threatens suicide
This updated edition addresses readers' questions and provides new and expanded information on
• how to choose the right psychiatrist
• the role and limits of medication
• resistant depression
• the link between depression and chronic illness
• specific challenging situations and advice on handling them

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Editorial Reviews

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"[This] book will bring hope and comfort to the loved ones of those who struggle to overcome this most common of mental illnesses."--Rosalynn Carter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805082777
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/7/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 452,167
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitch Golant, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with a private practice and the vice president of research and development for the Wellness Community-National. Susan K. Golant is a writer who specializes in physical and mental health and the coauthor with Rosalynn Carter of Helping Yourself Help Others and Helping Someone with Mental Illness.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Understanding Depression
When Someone You Love is Depressed     3
What is Depression?     19
The Impact of Your Loved One's Depression on You     43
What to Do
Your Role as Strengthened Ally     63
Comforting Your Depressed Loved One     81
Finding Hope in Psychotherapy     103
Drug Therapies     121
Dealing with Resistant Depression     143
Depression and Chronic Illness     165
Creative Alternatives     179
What You Should Expect from the Medical Community     193
When Depression Can Be Dangerous     209
Finding a New Normal     219
Books and Resources You May Find Helpful     225
Organizations You May Find Helpful     227
Glossary     235
Bibliography     239
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