What to Do When Someone You Love Is Depressed: A Self-Help and Help-Others Guide

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What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed explains in full and compassionate detail the essential role of the caregiver, or "strengthened ally," and how important you can be in guiding a loved one through depression. It also teaches you the warning signs of serious illness, how to distinguish between a real depression and a normal case of the blues, how to handle seasonal affective disorder or postpartum depression, how to comfort a depressed person, how to maintain intimacy and communication, how to deal ...
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What to Do When Someone You Love is Depressed explains in full and compassionate detail the essential role of the caregiver, or "strengthened ally," and how important you can be in guiding a loved one through depression. It also teaches you the warning signs of serious illness, how to distinguish between a real depression and a normal case of the blues, how to handle seasonal affective disorder or postpartum depression, how to comfort a depressed person, how to maintain intimacy and communication, how to deal with the mental-health community, the most successful forms of treatment, specific things to say and do that will help, when depression can be dangerous, and what to do if someone you love threatens suicide.

"...covers caring for someone who has the blues as well as dealing with someone who is clinically depressed or suicidal...specific advice on every matter...why a bout with the blues must not be ignored."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780679451549
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/4/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 When Someone You Love is Depressed 3
2 What is Depression? 19
3 The Impact of Your Loved One's Depression on You 43
4 Your Role as Strengthened Ally 63
5 Comforting Your Depressed Loved One 81
6 Finding Hope in Therapies and Treatments 103
7 Creative Alternatives 133
8 What You Should Expect from the Medical Community 147
9 When Depression Can Be Dangerous 161
10 Finding a New Normal 171
Appendix 1: Books and Resources You May Find Helpful 177
Appendix 2: Organizations You May Find Helpful 179
Glossary 185
Bibliography 189
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