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
- How to know when it’s time to seek professional help.
Each of the chapters will cover a specific type of depression and open with a case study example. Small will describe:
- Causes, symptoms, conventional treatments (e.g., medications, psychotherapy)
- Alternative therapies (e.g., exercise, meditation, yoga, homeopathy)
- Novel therapies (e.g., transmagnetic stimulation [TMS])
- New scientific discoveries and interventions coming down the pike (e.g., focused ultrasound).
In addition to case studies and patient interviews, all chapters will include side-bars with factoids, lists, and other helpful information.
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About the Author
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.He lives and works in the Los Angeles metro area.
Gigi Vorgan, 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.
The author lives & works in the Los Angeles metro area.
Table of Contents
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
Chapter 4 Alternative Therapies 75
Dietary and Herbal Supplements 77
Biofeedback and Neurofeedback 87
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