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The Small Guide to Depression

The Small Guide to Depression

by Gary Small MD, Gigi Vorgan

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Overview

From New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Small – an expert on neuroscience, memory, Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, anxiety and human behavior – The Small Guide to Depression provides a comprehensive overview of depression, negative personality traits and anxiety – along with the latest treatment solutions from conventional and alternative therapies to new scientific discoveries and interventions.

Over 300 million people worldwide live with depression; in 2014, around 15.7 million adults age 18 or older in the U.S. had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the last year. This accessible guide starts with providing readers with an overview of depression: what it is, who gets it, how to recognize it, major causes (genetics, environment, etc.). Dr. Small discusses the various types of depression, general therapeutic approaches used for all depression disorders, and how to know when it’s time to seek professional help.

Each of the chapters covers a specific type of depressoin and open with a case study example. Dr Small will describe causes, symptoms, conventional treatments (e.g., medications, psychotherapy), alternative therapies (e.g., exercise, meditation, yoga, homeopathy), and novel therapies (e.g., transmagnetic stimulation [TMS]), as well as new scientific discoveries and interventions coming down the pike (e.g., focused ultrasound).

In addition to case studies and patient interviews, all chapters include side-bars with factoids, lists, and other helpful information.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630061593
Publisher: Humanix Books
Publication date: 08/03/2021
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,142,005
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Gary Small (Los Angeles, CA) is a memory, brain & aging expert and Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. Named one of the world’s leading innovators in science and technology by Scientific American, he has appeared frequently on Today, Good Morning America, PBS, and CNN and lectures throughout the world.

Dr. Small has written over ten books, including The New York Times Bestseller The Memory Bible, as well as The Memory Prescription, The Longevity Bible, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program, The Other Side of the Couch, The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head, iBrain, 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain, SNAP!: Change Your Personality in 30 Days, The Small Guide to Anxiety & The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.

http://drgarysmall.com/

https://www.newsmax.com/health/insiders/dr-small/id-222/

https://w3.mindhealthreport.com/Health/MHR/Offers/MHR-Renewal

The author lives & works in the Los Angeles metro area.


Gigi Vorgan (Los Angeles, CA), in addition to working as a coauthor with her husband Dr. Gary Small, has written feature films and for television. Vorgan and Dr. Small have written over ten books, including The New York Times Bestseller The Memory Bible, as well as The Memory Prescription, The Longevity Bible, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program, The Other Side of the Couch, The Naked Lady Who Stood on Her Head, iBrain, 2 Weeks to a Younger Brain, SNAP!: Change Your Personality in 30 Days, The Small Guide to Anxiety & The Small Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease.

http://drgarysmall.com/

https://www.newsmax.com/health/insiders/dr-small/id-222/

https://w3.mindhealthreport.com/Health/MHR/Offers/MHR-Renewal

The author lives & works in the Los Angeles metro area.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 What Is Depression and Do You Have It? 1

The Depression Epidemic 5

What's the Difference between Sadness and Depression? 9

Why Am I So Sad? 10

The Depressed Brain 13

Social Media and Depression 15

Psychological versus Physical Symptoms of Depression 17

The Dangers of Untreated Depression 21

Treatments for Depression 23

Chapter 2 Do-It-Yourself Strategies for Improving Mood 27

Relaxation Techniques 32

Restful Sleep 37

Physical Exercise 39

Nutrition for a Better Mood 44

Technology Use Can Affect Your Mood 47

Staying Connected with Friends and Family 48

Chapter 3 Conventional Depression Treatments That Work 51

Finding the Right Mental Health Professional 54

Medicines for Treating Depression 56

Other Medical Treatments for Depression 63

Psychotherapy 66

Chapter 4 Alternative Therapies 75

Dietary and Herbal Supplements 77

Neuromodulation 85

Biofeedback and Neurofeedback 87

Bodywork 88

Other Approaches 89

Chapter 5 Blahs with a Cause: Situational Depression 93

Symptoms of Situational Depression 95

Diagnosing Situational Depression 98

Trying Alternative and Self-Help Strategies 101

Conventional Therapies 104

Chapter 6 Blues That Come and Go: Clinical Depression 109

What Is Major Depression? 113

Depression in Older Adults 119

Conventional Therapies for Major Depression 120

Treatment-Resistant Depression 123

Alternative Strategies for Major Depression 125

Chapter 7 Swinging High and Low: Manic Depression 129

Diagnosing Bipolar Disorder 134

Conventional Therapies for Bipolar Disorder 138

Alternative and Self-Help Strategies 143

Chapter 8 Dreading Dark Days of Winter: Seasonal Depression 145

Diagnosing SAD 147

Conventional Treatments That Work 151

Self-Help and Alternative Strategies for Winter Blues and SAD 152

Epilogue 155

Acknowledgments 157

Bibliography 159

Index 177

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