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A concise, practical guide to managing mood disorders for anyone suffering from these debilitating conditions.

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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421409467
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 612,729
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Forms vii

Foreword Timothy J. Petersen, Ph.D. Jonathan E. Alpert, M.D., Ph.D. Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D. ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Mental Health Basics 5

The Basic Steps 5

Sleep and Depression 7

Sleep Hygiene 8

Diet and Nutrition 10

Physical Exercise 18

Routine and Structure 24

Avoiding Isolation 26

Chapter 2 Mood Disorders 33

Depression and Bipolar Disorder 33

Fatigue and Depression 39

Symptoms of Depression 42

Symptoms of Elevated Mood 42

Mood Chart 45

Chapter 3 Defining Your Baseline 47

What Is Your Baseline? 47

Chapter 4 Managing Your Mood Disorder 57

Following Your Treatment Plan 57

The Relationship with Your Therapist 60

Managing Depression and Bipolar Disorder 63

Chapter 5 Relapse Prevention 71

Overview of Relapse Prevention 71

Triggers 74

Warning Signs 75

An Action Plan for Relapse Prevention 77

Chapter 6 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 87

Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors 87

Should Statements 92

Challenging and Changing Your Thoughts 93

Evidence For and Against 99

Pleasure and Mastery 102

Chapter 7 Strategies to Get You through the Tough Times 105

Coping and Stress 105

Mindfulness 110

Distress Tolerance 113

Communication Skills 116

Dealing with Family and Friends 117

Talking with Your Doctor 122

Tips for Family and Friends 124

Chapter 8 Pulling It All Together 127

Chapter 9 Collective Wisdom 131

Advice from Some Remarkable People 131

Books of Interest 142

Conclusion 145

Glossary 147

References 151

Index 159

What People are Saying About This

"This is a lovely book. Compassionate, personal, concise, insightful—sure to be helpful to those who suffer from mood disorders."

Francis M. Mondimore

"This is a lovely book. Compassionate, personal, concise, insightful—sure to be helpful to those who suffer from mood disorders."

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