Identify the negative thoughts that can cause sadness and worry, and gain the skills to face the stress and challenges of everyday life.
We all experience unhappiness—but for some, sadness, stress, and negative thoughts can become a regular part of our lives, no matter how good things may be going. There is a place between basic sadness and diagnosed clinical depression called almost depression.Through engaging stories along with their professional experience, Jefferson B. Prince, MD, and Shelly Carson, PhD, outline the symptoms of depression, the role that stress plays in depression, as well as many of the physical conditions that can mimic depression. Then, based on the latest clinical research, they offer step-by-step guidance for making positive changes to help alleviate and reverse almost depression. Through this insightful and informative book, you will:Assess whether your or a loved one’s unhappiness is a problemGain insight on how to intervene with a struggling loved oneDiscover proven strategies to change unhealthy feelings of sadnessGauge the physical, psychological, and social impact of your symptomsDetermine when and how to get professional help when neededThere are many pathways that can lead you out of almost depression toward brighter days ahead. Almost Depressed will show you the way.
About the Author
Jefferson B. Prince, MD serves as the director of child psychiatry at MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School. Shelley Carson, PhD is a Harvard research psychologist and lecturer, whose research focuses on the interface between psychopathology, creativity, and resilience.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
Series Foreword: The Almost Effect
Part One - The Grays: More than Just "the Blues"
Chapter 1: What is Almost Depression?
Chapter 2: Understanding the Depression Continuum
Chapter 3: Almost Depression and the Role of Stress
Chapter 4: Almost Depression Or Something Else?
Part Two - Moving from the Grays to Bright
Taking the Behavioral Pathway
Chapter 5: Enhancing Your Mood through Movement
Chapter 6: Improving Your Mood through Meaning-Based Action
Chapter 7: Improving Your Mood through Creative Activity
Chapter 8: Improving Your Mood by Reducing Stress
Taking the Psychological Pathway
Chapter 9: Challenging and Reframing Your Depressive Thoughts
Chapter 10: Improving Your Mood by Applying Mindfulness Strategies
Chapter 11: Using Mindfulness to Diminish Shame and Foster Self-Acceptance
Taking the Social Pathway
Chapter 12: Increasing Your Social Engagement and Support
Chapter 13: Improving Your Social Skills
Taking the Biological Pathway
Chapter 14: Improving Your Sleep and Diet
Chapter 15: When You Need More: Drugs, Supplements, Light
Chapter 16: Stepping into the Light: Increasing Your Positive Emotion
Appendix A: DSM Disorders on the Depression Continuum
Appendix B: The Biology of Stress
Appendix C: Negative Thinking Patterns Associated with Depression