Depression, Symptoms, Suffering, Suicide, Anorexia, & Help
Depression is said to be the "common cold" of mental illness. Unfortunately there has been such a stigma attached to mental illness that throughout history, those having to contend with whatever aspect(s) of mental illness life threw at them, also had to contend with many associated social injustices as well.
While moments of panic and anxiety can quickly escalate into perhaps the most unpleasant feelings one can ever have, they tend to be more temporary and fleeting than depression which can go on and on without any let-up for days, weeks or even months on end.
For those who have never experienced depression, it is like being in an "emotional" marathon without end or without any hope of respite. One feels smothered in an emotional blanket of chronic hopelessness and frustration. Things seem so hopeless and altogether without any meaning or purpose, one feels completely lost and in great despair. Just trying to drum up enough motivation to do even the simplest of tasks no matter how important becomes a serious problem. Procrastination, a lack of concentration often along with an overwhelming feeling of fatigue are other symptoms of depression that can cause much havoc in one's productivity and social life.
Depression is a constant feeling of committing great effort without any hope of reward. In fact even the littlest of things seem to take such effort that climbing out of bed can seem like climbing Mt. Everest. One tends to withdraw and avoid others so as not to feel too overwhelmed by their presence because one who is often depressed, may also be oversensitive to any sort of stress as well.
Many of life's situations that one can normally handle become extremely burdensome for those who are too depressed to handle much, if anything. Suicidal thoughts are quite common and one often feels tired, sluggish, lonely, rejected and/or unloved even if that may be far from true. One also tends to be much more sensitive to any sort of physical pain or inconvenience and one would often go to great lengths to avoid even the slightest amount of exertion and/or physical discomfort. One would not exercise as much or socialize as much. Many important aspects of self-care can become neglected. Many things that at one time meant much, may no longer mean anything, no matter how important, depending on how depressed one is.
The quagmire of depression can be a very serious illness leading to all sorts of complications such as homelessness, hospitalization or even worse, suicide. Teenagers and the elderly tend to be most vulnerable to this illness. Teenagers because of intense hormonal changes and all the complications and complexities of growing up, and the elderly because of biochemical changes in the aging brain, poor nutrition, loneliness and neglect. However, advanced nutritional help and compassionate, psychological counseling can go a long way to avert these problems.
The loss of a loved one or spouse or any such period of stress can trigger a lifetime of depression. That is why it is very important that anyone going through any stressful turning points in life need the support of others and need to be especially careful to make sure that one's diet and other vital health needs are never neglected. That is why, regardless of the situation, natural whole foods, high nutrient density super food supplements and plenty of antioxidants are essential!
My own personal experiences of depression often had a strong spiritual connotation. It consisted of a strong feeling of separation from God(dess) or my soul mate whether she may exist or not. I would often sense a very strong need for a girlfriend and would often feel very rejected and lonely especially toward my earlier years. In my situation, depression, fatigue and anxiety would often go together or alternate from one to the other on a weekly or monthly basis. Most of my life has been completely ruined by these feelings. I would often get constant feelings of fatigue, tiredness along with a tremendous reduction in level of productivity resulting in serious financial problems. I would tend to fall asleep during the day causing a tendency to stay up all night or not sleep as well.
I was forced to search very long and hard for answers, some of which could be found through eating only the right kinds of food, drinking plenty of ionized water, and taking combinations of herbs, antioxidants and other special supplements that were not only good for my moods but also good for my health and brain power. Continue reading ...
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There is also a spiritual, transcendental, and/or metaphysical aspect to the alleviation of my depression. One thing that helped a great deal was realizing that I am a spiritual being having a human experience and that there is a much, much better life waiting for all of us at the end of the tunnel so to speak. I could often sense angels, guides, spirits and even God(dess) helping, loving and guiding me. I cannot even begin to describe how important, healing and reassuring it is for me to be able to sense God's love personally. Whether or not it was just mainly tricks of my imagination, there were definitely very healing and benevolent forces at work to make my life's challenges more bearable.
Not at first knowing or being completely sure there was a much better existence beyond death was a great concern of mine. Not until I was perfectly sure that there is indeed a much finer quality life and much more permanent existence waiting for all of us beyond death, could I feel more confident, relaxed and secure about my life's meaning and purpose here on the all-disappointing earth plane. It became possible to tolerate earthly life once again as a result of knowing all I can about the astral and spiritual worlds.
This website, Science of Wholeness has much to offer in the way of research and personal experiences regarding the afterlife (see "In Search of Light" on my website). I have provided as many links as possible to some of the best near-death experience sites ever, voice mediumship and many other spirit communication resources. This idea is not some far-fetched "New Age" speculation nor is it meant to contradict science or Christianity. It is just overwhelming evidence of the continuation of life in a much better plane(s) of existence regardless of religion, lifestyle, belief system, race or even species!
Just knowing that someday I am destined to live a much better, finer and more perfect life in a more advanced and progressive existence has made it easier to bear all the incredible emotional pain and injustices I had to endure.
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The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal, and Jon Kabat-Zinn - Editorial Reviews - Review -
'If I could select one group of individuals for people to "really" pay attention to when grappling with chronic unhappiness, I could not think of a better group than these authors. Not only are they consummate scientists, but they are each personally immersed in the moment-to-moment mindfulness that they teach. This book brings together the contemplative practices of both science and insight meditation in an effective fashion that is understandable to the ordinary person - no esoteric practice or mental health background is necessary. Read it and see for yourself!' --Marsha M. Linehan, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Washington, USA
'A revolutionary treatment approach. For depression sufferers, this is a truly useful guide to achieving emotional balance. For mental health professionals, it should be mandatory reading. I recommend this book and companion CD most highly.' --Daniel Goleman, PhD, author of Emotional Intelligence
'An invaluable resource not only for those who suffer from depression, but for anyone familiar with the downward spiral of negative thinking and self-doubt. The authors of this book explore the reasons for depression and give us guidance and support, along with useful tools to find a way through it.' -- Sharon Salzberg, author of The Force of Kindness
'Using mindfulness training to prevent and treat depression is a novel strategy in the West, though it is a traditional application of Eastern meditation practice. Whether you struggle with depression or simply want to understand your mind and emotions better, you will find this book accessible and useful. Depression is epidemic in our society, and I would love to see this sensible treatment approach gain ground.' --Andrew Weil, MD, author of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health and Healthy Aging
"With the emergence of The Mindful Way Through Depression, those with chronic unhappiness now have a text that speaks poignantly to their experience....Overall the text is a personal and easy to read narrative that still manages to include most of the difficult concepts of mindfulness....The reader is left feeling hopeful and excited about the possibility of being truly free from chronic unhappiness and fully alive."--Canadian Psychology
"Very easy to read and is a useful guide to those wishing to use just one aid from the vast number available to those in the practice."--Journal of the Buddhist Society
"Every word in this affordable paperback seems to embody the gentleness and the spirit of openness that one brings to the practice of MBCT. It is therefore an ideal tool for guided self-help....Invaluable for all non-professionals and therapist alike, The Mindful Way through Depression takes the reader step by step on a journey of exploration....Just get the book, get your bottom on the cushion and read it."--British Journal of Psychiatry
"A practical, thoughtful approach to the treatment of depression, combining classic cognitive techniques with the use of mindfulness, or a sense of non-judgmental awareness of and attention to the present moment....I would definitely recommend The Mindful Way Through Depression to therapists wanting to incorporate the use of mindfulness techniques with their clients, and I also believe that it would be appropriate self-help reading for depression sufferers who have an interest in meditation techniques and/or who are looking for a fresh perspective to assist with managing their depression."--Metapsychology Online Reviews
"This is a helpful book for readers interested in mindfulness and meditation approaches to treating depressionŠ.This can be a good resource for individuals wishing to embark on a self-therapy voyage."--Doody's Review Service
"Composed by a star-studded team of scientists and practitioners, this powerful book is the best self-help title to arrive since David Burns's seminal Feeling Good. Williams, Teasdale, and Segal previously collaborated on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression,a well-received text for mental health professionals. Add to the mix Jon Kabat-Zinn, a luminary in his own right, and the result is a useful lay reader's guide to incorporating mindfulness techniques in everyday life. Providing a realistic 8-week program, this wonderful guide and its accompanying CD offer invaluable practical strategies for banishing depression and regaining one's life. Highly recommended. (starred review)"--Library Journal
The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Depression: A Step-by-step Program (Workbook) by William J. Knaus and Albert Ellis - Product Description - In the 1950s, Albert Ellis pioneered a form of psychotherapy that combined ways of detecting and changing irrational thoughts with techniques for replacing negative behaviors with positive ones. This type of cognitive behavioral therapy, called rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) by Ellis, proved especially effective at relieving problems like anger, anxiety, and depression. In this book author William Knaus, a close associate of Ellis, develops the best REBT techniques into a powerful and comprehensive self-help workbook for the treatment of depression.
Following in New Harbinger's tradition, this workbook is written in an easy-to-use, step-by-step format. It offers you powerful strategies for overcoming depression in simple, direct language, amply illustrated with stories and reinforced by techniques you can practice right away. Along with other New Harbinger titles like The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook and The Anger Control Workbook, this major CBT/REBT workbook for depression is destined to become a trusted resource for people with depression, recommended by therapists and sought out by people like you who are inspired to change their own lives for the better.
From the Publisher - A prominent psychologist specializing in depression offers readers step-by-step, clinically proven cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to recognize and change depressive thinking.
Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety and Depression, 2nd Edition, Completely Revised and Updated by Joseph J. Luciani - Editorial Reviews - From Library Journal
Cognitive behavioral therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts and our interpretations of events greatly influence our moods. Therapists teach clients to listen to their negative internal dialogs and to use less depressive "self-talk." Clients may also be given "homework" in the form of relaxation exercises for anxiety or gradual acclimatization to frightening situations. The emphasis is on changing thoughts and actions, not on understanding their origins. Getting Your Life Back and Self-Coaching are both based on this approach. The latter, by clinical psychologist Luciani, advises readers to identify themselves as specific personality types (e.g., "Worrywarts," "Hedgehogs," "Perfectionists") and then gives specific instructions on how to change these thought patterns. The title by Wright and Basco, a psychiatrist/educator and a clinical psychologist/researcher, respectively, examines various psychological areas (e.g., thinking, action, biology, relationships, and spirituality) and invites readers to work on these areas in any order with valuable, morale-boosting checklists and examples. Getting Your Life Back is the better of the two because it discusses antidepressants and because the authors' instructions and exercises are much more thorough. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Booklist - The prevailing therapeutic value of trying to change cognitive thought processes in order to ward off depression and anxiety is not new. However, the approach in this book puts the primary responsibility for making the change on the sufferer of either condition. For those who are uncomfortable with the thought of entering therapy or using medication, the self-coaching work here may be just the ticket to greater freedom from depression and anxiety. (There are a few useful self-tests.) As an alternative to traditional psychiatric options, the self-coaching and "self-talk" prescribed in the book may work to talk oneself out of temporary mild or moderate depression. Sufferers of major clinical depression might want to combine the approach here with therapy or medication. A viable option for the self-help section of library collections. --Marlene Chamberlain
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Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression by James S. Gordon M.D. - Product Description - A groundbreaking, inspiring, and practical guide to healing depression without the use of antidepressants, from world-renowned, Harvard trained psychiatrist Dr. James S. Gordon
Each year, as many as twenty million Americans are diagnosed with clinical depression. Tens of millions more have low energy or feel unhappy and dissatisfied with their lives. And each year, American doctors write 189 million prescriptions for antidepressant drugs for these people. Dr. James Gordon, a Harvard Medical School-educated psychiatrist who founded and directs The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., has been helping his patients find their way out of the darkness of depression for the past forty years. He has worked with everyone from high-powered Washington politicians to Hurricane Katrina victims, from overstressed doctors, lawyers, and stay-at-home moms to orphans from war-ravaged Kosovo and Gaza. Each one of Dr. Gordon's patients is unique, but all suffer from some level of depression, and none are getting relief from the antidepressant drugs their doctors keep prescribing or the psychotherapy they've been receiving.
One of our country's most distinguished psychiatrists and a pioneer in integrative medicine, Dr. Gordon believes that depression is not an end point, a disease over which we have no control. It is a sign that our lives are out of balance, that we're stuck. It's a wake-up call and the start of a journey that can help us become whole and happy, one that can change and transform our lives. Unstuck is a practical, easy-to-use guide explaining the seven stages of Dr. Gordon's approach and the steps we can take to exert control over our own lives and find hope and happiness. Unstuck is designed for anyone who is suffering from depression, from mild subclinical depression ("the blues") to its severest forms.
Dr. Gordon shows us how doctors and patients alike have come to depend on antidepressants, and how these drugs have disappointed so many. He then carefully links each of his seven stages to helpful suggestions for relieving depression's symptoms. Using dramatic and inspiring examples from the patients he has worked with over the years, he explains the useful, mood-healing benefits of: food and nutritional supplements; Chinese medicine; movement, exercise, and dance; psychotherapy, meditation and guided imagery; and spiritual practice and prayer. He concludes each chapter with a carefully designed Prescription for Self-Care, guidelines to help each person play an active, effective role in their own healing. The result is Unstuck, an incredibly thoughtful, practical, and meditative guide to the difficult but rewarding journey out of depression. --James
Editorial Reviews - "A world expert offers a practical proven guide to finding hope and happiness in the ashes of depression. Unstuck is superb." --Mehmet Oz, MD, author of the YOU guides
"In this extraordinary book, Dr. James S. Gordon, a pioneer in integrative medicine, offers practical ways to climb out of the dark psychological dungeon of depression. Both therapist and patient will benefit hugely from reading this book."
--Deepak Chopra, author of Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore
"Unstuck is truly remarkable. Dr. James S. Gordon has taken forty years of experience in psychiatry and distilled it down into one brilliant book that can help people suffering from depression or ordinary unhappiness and confusion. In this warm, practical and user-friendly book, Dr. Gordon takes great care to remind us how much power we have to change our own lives." --Dean Ornish, MD, author of The Spectrum
"Using an integrative perspective and drawing on traditional wisdom, psychiatrist James Gordon guides you through a whole-person journey out of depression that addresses the physical, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of the problem, not just a possible chemical imbalance in the brain. I heartily recommend this book to anyone who feels stuck." --Andrew Weil, MD, Author of Healthy Aging and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health
"Depression is not what we think it is. Ideas that can change a culture come only a few times in a generation. Unstuck is such an idea, the answer to the one of the major causes of disability that has, until now, had only poor solutions. Dr. James Gordon, a pioneering voice in medicine for 40 years, has provided a practical and transformative guide for the suffering millions with depression. If you want to find out the real causes of depression and how to cure them, read this book." --Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times best selling author of UltraMetabolism
"There is so much offered here to those fortunate enough to make this book's acquaintance. Jim Gordon is a skilled open-hearted writer and observer who brings his readers with him on a healing journey of human understanding. Unstuck is a revelatory, passionately humane and thoroughly knowing guide for those who are troubled." --Robert Coles, MD, Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities, Harvard Medical School, author of the Children of Crisis series
"Unstuck is the most exciting book on transforming depression I've ever read. Before you reach for a drug, read this book to feel better. This book is EXACTLY what this over-medicated country needs right now. Unstuck is fabulous. Thank you Jim Gordon for writing it." --Christiane Northrup, MD, author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom, The Wisdom of Menopause, and Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom
"Dr. Gordon offers a fresh, holistic approach for what he calls the journey out of depression. While he is educated in Western medicine and has worked all over the world with victims of trauma, Dr. Gordon is also savvy about Chinese medicine, Indian healing traditions and Buddhist meditation. His treatments involve work with the body, the mind, and the spirit. Unstuck is one of the books that will help us break free from our compartmentalized ideas about mental health and our American tendency to pathologize ordinary life experiences. I recommend this for anyone struggling with darkness." --Dr. Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia and Letters to a Young Therapist
Talking to Depression: Simple Ways To Connect When Someone In Your Life Is Depressed by Claudia J. Strauss and Martha Manning - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly
The author of Talking to Alzheimer's shares a simple, direct and effective approach for family and friends of those living and dealing with clinical depression. Strauss delves into specific scenarios with depressed loved ones, clearly explaining why certain responses and phrasing of comments are helpful while others are ineffective or seem like mere "stock phrases" to the person who is depressed. Strauss also explains that simply being there for the depressed person helps more than giving specific advice. "It isn't her job to listen to you; it's your job to listen to her. That's the best way to help her." Clinical psychologist Martha Manning, whose book Undercurrents offered a personal dimension to the illness, hits the exact note when she writes in the foreword that "dealing with depression is a collaboration." Strauss uses this approach throughout the book, explaining the unique ways in which the depressed mind works and, consequently, how others can better connect with that way of thinking through appropriate conversation, body language and practical support. When viewed individually, these suggestions may seem like ways to tiptoe around the depressed person, but altogether they are considerate and sensitive methods of communicating in any type of relationship. Strauss's insight applies to the day-to-day battles alongside the depression sufferer, but she also stresses how much can be learned from these strong individuals: "In physical battles, we celebrate the bravery of the soldier who falls. The bravery of the psychological warrior is no less." Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Product Description - When someone suffers from depression, friends and family members naturally want to help-but too often their good intentions come out all wrong. This practical, compassionate guide helps readers understand exactly what their loved one is going through, and why certain approaches help and others have the potential to do damage. Talking to Depression offers specific advice on what to do and what not to do-and what to say and what not to say-to avoid frustration and give the kind of caring, effective support that will make a difference.
Undoing Depression by Richard O'Connor - Product Description - For some people, depression has been a part of their experience for so long that they've begun to believe it's what they are. They become experts at "doing" depression--hiding it, working around it, even achieving great things (but at the price of great struggle, and little satisfaction). In this book, psychotherapist Richard O'Conner shows us how to "undo" depression, by replacing depressive patterns of thinking, relating, and behaving with a new and more effective set of skills. With a truly holistic approach that synthesizes the best of the many schools of thought about this painful disease, O'Conner offers new hope--and new life--for depressives.
Depression: A Stubborn Darkness--Light for the Path (VantagePoint Books) by Edward T. Welch - Product Description - Depression: A Stubborn Darkness is Dr. Edward T. Welch s latest release in a series of ground-breaking best-selling counseling books that include When People Are Big and God is Small, Blame It on the Brain?, Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave. Now in its third printing, Welch continues to further his reputation as an author who can speak to general consumers in a language they intuitively connect with on a deeply personal level. Endorsed by Joni Eareckson Tada, and Bob Lepine of FamilyLife, this book is targeted to the 18 million adult Americans who struggle with depression. Compassionate and compelling, the book lays out issues and answers with Welch s world view that faith needs to be interlaced with therapies and medication for conditions categorized as strictly clinical. The author weaves in questions scattered throughout the book to help the reader interact with the content and also offers suggestions for those who have loved ones struggling with depression.
Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time: The New Behavioral Activation Approach to Getting Your Life Back (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) by Michael E., Ph.D. Addis and Christopher R. Martell - Product Description - Learn breakthrough self-activation techniques to: ·Become more engaged with your life ·Enjoy daily activities ·Feel able to face challenges ·Stop avoiding social situations ·Feel strong and competent again ·Conquer the obstacles that keep depression going ·Stop making decisions based on your moods ·Get back on track with your life goals ·Recognize the habits and patterns that fuel your depression.
Achieve medication-free recovery.
Behavioral activation therapy offers effective, fast relief from depression. This powerful and progressive therapy steers away from the idea that depression symptoms represent an illness or weakness. Instead, depression is merely a signpost pointing directly at the things that need to change in one's life. Its engaging exercises make it easy for you to focus on activities that will inspire you with feelings of pleasure, mastery, and engagement. Learn to develop a list of enjoyable activities, or activities you need to engage in as a part of a normal and satisfying life. Begin with the easiest (or sometimes, the most indispensable) activities on your the list, and learn how to tackle them one by one. This simple, profound process will connect you with naturally occurring rewards, which are powerful antidotes to feelings of depression. With this foundation, go on to change how you approach your day-to-day life-your daily activities, the choices you make, and the way you cope with life's ups and downs. You'll find this proven-effective approach to coping with depression easy to master.
From the Publisher - Behavioral activation-a fast-acting, effective therapy for overcoming depression-focuses on reengaging with life; for the first time, this book brings these powerful techniques directly to the self-help reader.
Depression-Free, Naturally: 7 Weeks to Eliminating Anxiety, Despair, Fatigue, and Anger from Your Life by Joan Mathews Larson - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Larson, author of the bestselling Seven Weeks to Sobriety, believes that many doctors misdiagnose nutritional imbalances as psychological disorders. She argues that most people who are depressed, fatigued or addicted to food, cigarettes or alcohol suffer from a deficiency of vitamins or amino acids that is only exacerbated by drugs like Xanax, Prozac and lithium. Larson provides checklists of symptoms, possible disorders and corrective formulas along with simple but thorough explanations of how the biochemistry works. She plausibly links biochemical emotional problems with the gradual shift in the American diet over the past 60 years toward sugary, carbohydrate-laden and processed foods, which disturb the body's insulin production and deprive the brain of much needed vitamins and nutrients. The author urges readers to seek out doctors to run lab tests in order to identify possible deficiencies, blood-sugar abnormalities and food allergies. Occasionally, Larson's advice gets lost in her sales pitch for her Health Recovery Center in Minnesota ("The nutrients used at Health Recovery Center are the best quality we can find"). Still, anyone who has suffered from mental lapses, mood swings and stress will find plenty to mull over here. Author tour. (Nov.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal - Larson, a nutritionist and director of the Health Recovery Center in Minneapolis, contends that an imbalance of body chemicals often causes emotional problems and that making appropriate dietary changes will restore the brain's equilibrium. In addition to suggesting which foods to avoid or to eat, Larson provides lists of supplements to be taken on a daily basis and numerous questionnaires for detecting deficiencies. The long list of recommended supplements promotes extensive pill-popping, and there are regular reminders that those available from the Health Recovery Center at their 800-number are "the best quality." Larson's advice about the value of nutritional repair for depression and other emotional woes is sound, but with no clarification, her jargon is often confusing, e.g., "Symptoms indicating tyrosine or 1-phenylalanine is needed to increase norespinephine levels." The final chapter on anti-aging hormones seems somewhat out of place. Appropriate for larger public libraries.AIlse Heidmann, San Marcos, TX - Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Depression Fallout: The Impact of Depression on Couples and What You Can Do to Preserve the Bond by Anne Sheffield - Product Description - What happens to love when a partner is depressed?
Is your partner's depression undermining your happiness as a couple? After blaming yourself, losing your self-esteem, and getting angry, you may feel like walking away -- even if you're still in love.
With 19 million Americans suffering from depression, you are not alone in your unhappiness. And no one knows what you're going through better than Anne Sheffield, who coined the phrase "depression fallout" in her first book, How You Can Survive When They're Depressed, to describe the emotional toll of depression on spouses, parents, lovers, and children.Sharing essential information, compassion, and street-smart advice, Anne Sheffield tells you:
* What you need to know about your partner's mental health and what to do about it ... for your own well-being.
* What experiences, behaviors, and feelings are "normal" when dealing with depressive illness.
* How to overcome your sense of helplessness and take charge of your life.
* Ways to restore your optimism, peace of mind, and sense of humor.
* Where to find a community of peers to offer ongoing support.
Don't give up. Reach out.
About the Author - Anne Sheffield is the author of two well received books on depression, How You Can Survive When They're Depressed (Harmony, 1998) which won a a Books for a Better Life Award as well as the 1999 Ken Award from the New York City affiliate of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and Sorrow's Web (Free Press, 2000) which deals with the topic of motherhood and depression. She has worked as a scientist at the Population and Development Program of the Battelle Memorial Institute and has run her own consulting firm. She lives in New York City.
Healing Anxiety and Depression by Daniel G. Amen - Editorial Reviews - Product Description - Daniel G. Amen, M.D., has pioneered the clinical use of brain SPECT imaging (one of medicine's most sophisticated functional brain-imaging studies) in psychiatry. The Amen Clinics' signature brain scans have discovered that the illnesses of anxiety and depression are, in large part, the result of brain dysfunction. Additionally, they have determined that not only do anxiety and depression often occur together, here are seven distinct types of the disorders.
Healing Anxiety and Depression reveals the major anxiety and depression centers of the brain; offers guidelines and diagnostic tools to determine the specific type of anxiety and depression; and provides a comprehensive program for treating each type. The treatment includes medication, diet, supplements, exercise, and social and therapeutic support.
Based on new brain science, Healing Anxiety and Depression is a groundbreaking, practical guide to conquering these potentially devastating disorders.
About the Author - Daniel G. Amen, M.D., is a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, and the director of The Amen Clinics in Newport Beach and Fairfield, California. He is the author of numerous books, including Change Your Brain, Change Your Life; Healing ADD; and Healing the Hardware of the Soul.
Lisa C. Routh, M.D., is a neuropsychiatrist with special training in neurology, general psychiatry, child psychiatry, and functional brain imaging.
Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure by David Martyn Lloyd-Jones - Editorial Reviews - Believing that Christian joy was one of the most potent factors in the spread of Christianity in the early centuries, Lloyd-Jones not only lays bare the causes that have robbed many Christians of spiritual vitality, but also points the way to the cure.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Revised and Updated by David D. Burns - Product Description - FEELING GOOD FEELS WONDERFUL
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes" of depression can be cured without drugs.In FEELING GOOD, eminent psychiatrist, David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable, scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now, in this updated edition, Dr. Burns adds an ALL-NEW CONSUMER'S GUIDE TO ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.
- Recognize what causes your mood swings
- Nip negative feelings in the bud
- Deal with guilt
- Handle hostility and criticism
- Overcome addiction to love and approval
- Build self-esteem
- Feel good everyday
BEGIN NOW, TO EXPERIENCE THE JOY OF FEELING GOOD
The Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression, Second Edition by Mary Ellen Copeland and Matthew McKay - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review -
It may be difficult for those suffering from depression to add a little work into their day; simply getting out of bed can seem like plenty of work. But if you are newly diagnosed or experiencing moderate problems with depression or bipolar disorder, The Depression Workbook might be a literal lifesaver.
The first section is especially useful to new patients just learning to navigate the signs, treatments, and vocabulary of depression. Clearly written overviews of specific symptoms are coupled with space for you to write in your own thoughts on treatment, prognosis, and your ultimate goals. Checklists and daily planners help to identify both areas of difficulty and positive experiences; later in the book, you'll find charts for tracking medications, diet, and doctor visits.
A full section is devoted to the establishment and maintenance of a support group. Ideas range from open discussions with family members to seeking out volunteer work, and it's this section that may be the trickiest for the depressed to work through. Finding the strength to make new friends may seem impossible at first, but author Mary Ellen Copeland spreads plenty of warmth, encouragement, and personal experience among her directives. --Jill Lightner
Product Description - This bestselling workbook provides interactive exercises that help readers take responsibility for their own wellness and teach essential coping skills, such as tracking and controlling moods, building a support system, increasing self-confidence and self-esteem, avoiding conditions that can exacerbate mood swings, and using relaxation, diet, and exercise to stabilize moods.A major feature of the second edition is a new chapter that details a step-by-step process to help readers develop their own plan for managing symptoms and staying well. The second edition also contains an updated list of resources, including an extensive list of helpful web resources, as well as expanded material on specific treatment strategies and updated resources for mental health professionals.
The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review -
Sometimes, the legacy of depression includes a wisdom beyond one's years, a depth of passion unexperienced by those who haven't traveled to hell and back. Off the charts in its enlightening, comprehensive analysis of this pervasive yet misunderstood condition, The Noonday Demon forges a long, brambly path through the subject of depression--exposing all the discordant views and "answers" offered by science, philosophy, law, psychology, literature, art, and history. The result is a sprawling and thoroughly engrossing study, brilliantly synthesized by author Andrew Solomon.
Deceptively simple chapter titles (including "Breakdowns," "Treatments," "Addiction," "Suicide") each sit modestly atop a virtual avalanche of Solomon's intellect. This is not a book to be skimmed. But Solomon commands the language--and his topic--with such grace and empathy that the constant flow of references, poems, and quotations in his paragraphs arrive like welcome dinner guests. A longtime sufferer of severe depression himself, Solomon willingly shares his life story with readers. He discusses updated information on various drugs and treatment approaches while detailing his own trials with them. He describes a pharmaceutical company's surreal stage production (involving Pink Floyd, kick dancers, and an opener ŕ la Cats) promoting a new antidepressant to their sales team. He chronicles his research visits to assorted mental institutions, which left him feeling he would "much rather engage with every manner of private despair than spend a protracted time" there. Under Solomon's care, however, such tales offer much more than shock value. They show that depression knows no social boundaries, manifests itself quite differently in each person, and has become political. And, while it may worsen or improve, depression will never be eradicated. Hope lies in finding ways--as Solomon clearly has--to harness its powerful lessons. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly - "Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who despair," begins Solomon's expansive and astutely observed examination of the experience, origins, and cultural manifestations of depression. While placing his study in a broad social contex-- according to recent research, some 19 million Americans suffer from chronic depression--he also chronicles his own battle with the disease. Beginning just after his senior year in college, Solomon began experiencing crippling episodes of depression. They became so bad that after losing his mother to cancer and his therapist to retirement he attempted (unsuccessfully) to contract HIV so that he would have a reason to kill himself. Attempting to put depression and its treatments in a cross-cultural context, he draws effectively and skillfully on medical studies, historical and sociological literature, and anecdotal evidence, analyzing studies of depression in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, Inuit life in Greenland, the use of electroshock therapy and the connections between depression and suicide in the U.S. and other cultures. In examining depression as a cultural phenomenon, he cites many literary melancholics Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, John Milton, Shakespeare, John Keats, and George Eliot as well as such thinkers as Freud and Hegel, to map out his "atlas" of the condition. Smart, empathetic, and exhibiting a wide and resonant knowledge of the topic, Solomon has provided an enlightening and sobering window onto both the medical and imaginative worlds of depression. (June)Forecast: Excerpted last year in the New Yorker, this pathbreaking work is bound to attract major review attention and media, boosted by a seven-city tour. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Unmasking Male Depression by Archibald D. Hart - Product Description - Depression is a secret pain at the core of many men's lives, and one that goes largely undiagnosed and untreated. The consequences of not treating male depression are extremely serious. Studies show that suicide is more common in men than women, and tha the male suicide rate is three times higher at midlife than at any other life stage. In Unmasking Male Depression, Dr. Archibald Hart explores the many forms of depression and gives tools for coping with and healing depression in men. Hart also examines the lives of Christian leaders who struggled with depression, such as Charles Spurgeon, Martin Luther, and John Calvin, to reveal the myths surrounding this illness
How You Can Survive When They're Depressed: Living and Coping with Depression Fallout by Anne Sheffield, Mike Wallace, and Donald F. Klein - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review -
"Depression fallout" is the emotional upheaval suffered by the friends and family members of someone who's depressed. Because at any given time, 17 million Americans are suffering from depression, there's a huge number of people suffering from this, says author Anne Sheffield, the daughter of a depressive. She compassionately recalls situations discussed in her support group at New York City's esteemed Beth Israel Hospital to illustrate how "co-sufferers" can successfully cope with their grief, confusion, guilt, and reduced self-esteem.
One of the most overlooked yet thoroughly damaged lots of depression fallout victims, she says, are the toddlers and children of depressed mothers. Children with behavioral problems at home and in school may be struggling for attention they don't get from a depressed parent. She writes, "Although a depressed parent of either sex creates problems for a child, the bulk of the research on parental depression and its effects on young children has zeroed in on the mother, because she is the center of a young child's existence: the primary nurturer, teacher, and emotional and social contact. Ideally, a mother is a good listener, communicator, and problem solver; authoritative without being authoritarian; warm and consistent; and tolerant and patient. Mothers in the grip of depression are often just the opposite: harsh, critical, impatient, irritable, and unaffectionate. And because one in every four women will suffer serious depression at some time in her life--more often than not, right in the middle of her prime childbearing years of twenty-five to thirty-five--the research findings are applicable to a very substantial number of children."
Without being flippant, Sheffield inserts bits of humor into the book. She describes what she calls "sticky-flypaper depressives" as those who blame themselves for everything and anything that has ever gone wrong, whether it be a relationship, or, as one psychiatrist recalled from one patient's session, "the bad Broadway season of 1947." She also gives a thorough analysis of the many causes of depression, illustrates the five stages of depression fallout, and considers the benefits and downfalls of psychotherapy and how a fallout victim may be affected by it. Sheffield offers reassuring advice on how fallout victims can defuse stress and rebuild their self-esteem and social lives, abundant resources and references for support groups and informational organizations, and an extensive list of medications commonly used for the treatment of mental disorders. No matter what the age or relationship of the fallout victim, How You Can Survive When They're Depressed will prove to be a much-needed dose of sympathy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Review - "Anne Sheffield has guided me to fresh recognitions of myself . . . I wish we'd had this book decades ago." --Rose Styron --Review
Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga by Amy Weintraub - Product Description - Take the natural path to mental wellness
More than 25 million Americans are treated with antidepressants each year, at a cost in excess of $50 billion. But the side effects of popular prescription drugs may seem nearly as depressing as the symptoms they're meant to treat. Veteran yoga instructor Amy Weintraub offers a better solution‹one that taps the scientifically proven link between yoga and emotional well-being as well as the beauty of ancient approaches to inner peace.
Addressing a range of diagnoses, including dysthymia, anxiety-based depression, and bipolar disorder, Yoga for Depression reveals why specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques can ease suffering and release life's traumas and losses. Weintraub also reflects on her own experience with severe depression, from which she recovered through immersing herself in a daily yoga routine.
Yoga for Depression is the first yoga book devoted exclusively to the treatment of these debilitating conditions. Amy Weintraub will help readers see their suffering and themselves in a vibrant new light.
Review - "Yoga for Depression is a godsend: beautifully written, medically accurate, and very practical. I highly recommend it!"
--Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause
"This is a book about integrating the mind and the body, about using movement to mend oneself; in a world obsessed with psychopharmacology, reading it was a refreshing reminder that, in some cases, the tools we have to cure depression reside not in a pill, but in our own bodies, if we are willing to try."
--Lauren Slater, author of Prozac Diary and Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir
"ŠA sensitive, intelligent, painstaking exploration of the deeper psychospiritual issues that make up the complex experience of depression. That in itself would be a significant contribution, but Yoga for Depression also offers a brilliant illumination of how the ancient wisdom of the yogic tradition can penetrate the often intractable challenges of depressionŠ.--Phil Catalfo, Yoga Journal, January/February 2004
"In the compassionate voice of someone who definitely knows the territory of depression, Amy Weintraub presents Yoga science and personal stories, research results and poetry, and practice instructions that are genuinely interesting in this very readable book that is both comprehensive and totally inspiring." --Sylvia Boorstein, author of That's Funny You Don't Look Like a Buddhist and It's Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness
"Amy Weintraub's work is some of the most important in our world today for helping humanity understand more deeply the significance of the mind-body connection. Her insights are inspirational for yoga teachers and all readers. Her in-depth understanding of her subject is an important basis for personal, as well as societal transformation." --Rama Jyoti Vernon, Founder, American Yoga College
"This is truly a beautifully written encyclopedia of yoga for depression. It is rare to find such a generous soul, willing to embrace all approaches to yoga, unbiased and yet having intelligent discernment and advice for those searching for help. Amy offers many guidelines and solutions through yoga, to both those who suffer from depression and to yoga teachers working with them." --Angela Farmer, internationally-known master yoga teacher.
From the Back Cover - "Heal yourself with Yoga For Depression. I absolutely love this book and highly recommend it." --Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., author of Meditation as Medicine
"Yoga philosophy describes our true nature as free, radiant and vibrant. In a clear, direct and grounded approach, this brilliant and comprehensive book offers guideposts for those seeking to reclaim their birthright of joy." --Sudhir Jonathan Foust, President, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
"Amy Weintraub's Yoga for Depression offers us a powerful and comprehensive guidebook that provides the reader with a precise path for healing from depression. Her penetrating insights are derived with the precision of someone who has traversed the intricate path of healing from depression and has come back to show us the way to our own healing. Amy has experienced the simple truth that yoga works because it offers a comprehensive approach to healing. She has discovered the timeless teachings of yoga that don't ask us to believe or depend upon someone else's authority. Yoga puts us squarely in the driver's seat and shows us how to heal our self. Yoga is a set of applied tools that support us in living, pure and simply, a life that is free of suffering. This book belongs in the hands of every person who experiences depression and in the library of every therapist who works with people suffering from depression." --Richard C. Miller, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, teacher of Advaitayana Yoga Co-Founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy; Founding editor of The Professional Journal of the International Association of Yoga Therapy
"Yoga philosophy describes our true nature as free, radiant and vibrant. In a clear, direct and grounded approach, this brilliant and comprehensive book offers guideposts for those seeking to reclaim their birthright of joy." --Sudhir Jonathan Foust, President, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
"With clarity, compassion, and the courage of a person who has lived her own story all the way through, Amy Weintraub offers readers a self-aware, self-creating path through the darker thickets of a life. Her specific, gracefully presented suggestions for joining breath, body, movement, and mind bring one of the great wisdom traditions into a newly useful context, an essential means for renewing and reawakening contemporary life." --Jane Hirshfield, author of five books of poetry, most recently Given Sugar, Given Salt: Poems
"Amy Weintraub is a gifted teacher whose clarity and warmth I have admired for years, but it wasn't until I read this book that I understood the genesis of her profound emotional connection to yoga. Amy has personally made the journey from the darkness of depression to the light of full aliveness. The value of this kind of personal experience in a yoga teacher cannot be underestimated, and it jumps off the pages of this book. If you are looking for an inspiring and trustworthy guide to heal into a whole new life, look no further." --Richard Faulds, M.A., J.D., senior Kripalu teacher and author of the forthcoming Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat
About the Author - AMY WEINTRAUB, MFA, RYT, is a senior Kripalu teacher and an award-winning fiction writer. She teaches yoga and fiction writing and contributes to national magazines, including Yoga Journal, Poets and Writers and Psychology Today. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Breaking the Patterns of Depression by Michael D. Yapko - Editorial Reviews - From Library Journal
The rate of depression has increased by nearly tenfold in those born in the years following World War II, making it the most common psychological problem in America. Depression expert Yapko presents a book that will help put depression in perspective and equip sufferers with the skills and knowledge to heal themselves of this modern plague. The first part of the book is devoted to discussing the clinical literature on psychotherapy and antidepressant medication. Here, the causes of depression, its diagnosis, and its treatment are explained in language easily understood by the lay reader. The second part is devoted to explaining the patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that signal depression. Yapko effectively uses case histories as well as more than 100 exercises to assist the reader in building the skills needed to manage depression. While there are many other titles on depression management, this book is a break from the widely held view that depression is mainly a biochemically based disease treatable with medication. It should serve to complement such books as Colette Dowling's You Mean I Don't Have To Feel This Way? (LJ 1/92) or Sandra Salman's Depression: Questions You Have...Answers You Need (LJ 2/1/95), which focus more on using drugs as a treatment for depression. An excellent book; recommended for all collections. --Dana L. Brumbelow, Auburn P.L., Ala. Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Review - "If depression has you in its grip, if your spirits need lifting, if tomorrow holds no promise of a better day, don't waste another minute: there's an antidote to feeling lousy and it's this book, Breaking the Patterns of Depression. Michael Yapko will help you unravel the mystery of depression and, more important, he will show you what you can do today to feel better immediately." --Michele Weiner Davis, author of Change Your Life and Everyone in it and Divorce Busting
"Dr. Yapko has brought this book to all of us who battle the enemy of joy and peace--depression. And it is a wonderful guide. In it, he will teach you, as he has taught me, how to understand depression and how to defeat it. He will teach you how to look at yourself, the world, and the future in a new way. He will teach you that you can have a peaceful and meaningful life, and he will teach you how to do that." --Dr. Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D., director of the Brief Therapy Center, Salt Lake City, Utah, and author of Psychotherapy in the Age of Accountability --From the Hardcover edition. -- Review
The Beast: A Reckoning With Depression by Tracy Thompson - Editorial Reviews - From Booklist - A good investigative reporter will dig deep into her subject, attempting to enlighten her readers' knowledge. Washington Post reporter Thompson does that here, although in this case the subject is the personally difficult one of her own "beast" --her history of depression. Drawing on her journals from adolescence onward, Thompson details her emotional and mental history in brief, impressionistic scenes, creating a mosaic of the human mind's emotional complexities. Colloquially referred to as "the doldrums" or being "blue" or "low," depression has come to be regarded as a genuine illness, something requiring not only counseling, but medical intervention. Depression affects millions, and costs the U.S. economy $43.7 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity. Thompson fleshes it out informatively and compassionately. Anyone who has been affected directly or indirectly by depression will appreciate her work. --Raul Nino --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Product Description - A reporter for The Washington Post meticulously describes her life-long struggle with depression, recounting her painful efforts to comprehend and treat her illness. BOMC Main. First serial, Washington Post Magazine & Cosmopolitan. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression: Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy to Move Through Depression & Create a Life Worth Living (New Harbinger Self-Help Workbook) by Kirk D. Strosahl and Patricia J. Robinson - Product Description - There are hundreds of books that will try to help you "overcome" or "put an end to" depression. But what if you could use your depression to change your life for the better? Your symptoms may be signals that something in your life needs to change. Learning to understand and interpret these signals is much more important than ignoring or avoiding them--approaches that only make the situation worse. This workbook uses techniques from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to offer a new treatment plan for depression that will help you live a productive life by accepting your feelings instead of fruitlessly trying to avoid them.
The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Depression will show you, step-by-step, how to stop this cycle, feel more energized, and involve yourself in pleasurable and fulfilling activities that will help you work through, rather than avoid, aspects of your life that are depressing you. Use the techniques in this book to evaluate your own depression and create a personalized treatment plan. You'll enrich your total life experience by focusing your energy not on fighting depression, but on living the life you want.
"Grounded in ancient wisdom and the newest scientific evidence, this book...shows the pathways into and out of depression." --Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology and Wellcome Principal Research Fellow at the University of Oxford
From the Publisher - From Kirk Strosahl, cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Depression develops the revolutionary techniques of this new approach into a clear, step-by-step strategy you can use to live a rich and meaningful life with depression.
Dealing with Depression Naturally : Alternatives and Complementary Therapies for Restoring Emotional Health by Syd Baumel and Syd Baumel - Editorial Reviews - There are natural antidepressant therapies which can restore emotional health, from vitamins and dietary adjustments to visualization exercises and sleep therapy. Baumel tells how to assess the pros and cons of these various therapies and how to apply them to personal issues in this strong self-help guide. -- Midwest Book Review
This is a very good book. I wish every therapist, every medical columnist, and every expert in this field would read this and similar books, and take to heart the important messages contained therein....(The Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine, Vol. 10, No. 3 & 4, 1995).
...a valuable resource for people suffering from any sort of depressive state, and a valuable reference tool for counselors of all stripes....Before committing firmly to any one approach, seek out and read this book. It may well be the first step to a complete solution (The Speaking Tree, issue #99, 1995).
...an outstanding compilation of drug-free treatments for most depressions....[A]nyone who suffers from depression can help themselves greatly with the programs outlined in this book, and I highly recommend it to all psychiatrists to further their education (the Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, November, 1995).
I carry your book around with me. I refer to it during visits to my therapist and my psychiatrist. I recommend it to people on the internet.
It's the sanest thing I've seen on depression because it actually gives practical advice for coping with the multi-faceted face of the Beast (Donna, alt.support.depression, Aug. 2, 1997).
absolutely fab! It discusses in a non-biased way all the different causes and treatments for depression....It's very easy to read....I urge everyone to get it and read it!! (Jerry, soc.support.depression.treatment, March 15, 1996).
The book helped substantially with my own decision to treat my depression naturally....it's a great book....(Daniel, misc.health.alternative, July 3, 1997).
For those of you interested in using nutrition to help deal with depression get the book titled "Dealing with Depression Naturally" --by Syd Baumel ("GreeneRK", misc.health.alternative, September 26, 1996).
...a very comprehensive book that offers alot of insight into all the factors that can be contributing to your depression or have developed because of it and explanations of different methods that may work for you particularly....the author is not a doctor (just one of us)...in my opinion this made it more pleasurable to read -- "Harmony," alt.support.depression.manic, Janury 3, 1998 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Product Description - From the cutting edge of natural antidepressant research, here is new information on St. John's wort, SAMe, bright light therapy, and other proven natural remedies for depression. This fully updated second edition explores emotional health, including mood-enhancing fats and herbal antidepressants.
From the Author - Dealing with Depression Naturally was a prolonged labour of love (and a labour of labour). My own successful use of natural antidepressants in the early eighties gave me the incentive to try and write a "bible of natural antidepressants," a definitive user's guide to this immense subject. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover - Abram Hoffer, Ph.D., M.D.: "...this book does it better than the others. Every physician ought to have [it] on his or her shelf."
Harvey Ross, M.D.: "Baumel is to be congratulated for the work he has done in bringing this information together which can benefit those with depression, their families and the professionals treating them."
Melvyn R. Werbach, M.D.: ....The author has done a superb job of digesting and summarizing a massive literature....the book is loaded with solid information and is remarkably comprehensive for its size." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author - Syd Baumel, a medical writer, is the author of Serotonin: How to Naturally Harness the Power Behind Prozac and Phen/Fen, and Natural Antidepressants.
Depression-Free for Life: A Physician's All-Natural, 5-Step Plan by Gabriel Cousens and Mark Mayell - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Cousens, a psychiatrist and family therapist, and Mayell, former editor-in-chief of Natural Health magazine, offer a drug-free program for alleviating the symptoms of mild to chronic depression by treating the underlying physiological imbalances that are major factors in the disease. With a myriad of depression remedies on the market, from prescription drugs to herbs, and a rapidly increasing number of people seeking relief from depression, Cousens contends that his program incorporates the best of both conventional and holistic techniques. Cousens's five-step program aims to restore balance to disrupted biochemical processes by increasing the intake of mood-boosting amino acids, vitamin supplements and essential fatty acids and by creating a diet and lifestyle that promote physical and mental well-being. Cousens also discusses the reasons why women are more prone to depression, the limitations of antidepressants and how the suggestions in this book can help people break addictions, including alcoholism and related disorders (ADHD, eating disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder). Anyone who has struggled with depression and found little relief with prescription drugs (Cousens reports that some studies indicate that people who receive no treatment fare as well as those who receive counseling and drugs) will find a lot to consider in this far-reaching look at what remains a debilitating element of many lives. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal - Cousens is a psychiatrist and holistic physician who founded and directs the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, AZ, which is dedicated to "the integration and renewal of body, mind, and spirit." Here he presents, in enormous and sometimes tedious detail, his "drug-free" regimen for treating depression. His premise is that all depressions are different, having multiple causes, including physical ones. He proposes an individualized five-step program for modulating brain neurochemistry in order to combat depression. This requires taking mood-enhancing amino acids, optimizing dietary supplements and essential fatty acids, eating a diet suitable for mental health, and living a lifestyle that includes exercise, a social network, a sense of humor, and relaxation. The information Cousens presents about depression, its causes and manifestations, and the need for dietary supplementation is plausible; however, it is questionable whether there is sufficient and compelling evidence in support of his program. Furthermore, customizing his directives for any given individual is complicated, and many consumers may find it difficult, if not impossible, to do so without a physician's supervision. Recommended for large alternative medicine collections.
--Linda M.G. Katz, Florence A. Moore Lib. of Medicine, MCP Hahnemann Univ., Philadelphia - Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews - Can you beat depression through dietary supplements and lifestyle changes? These are fine resolves, but it is essential all the same to get the help of a knowledgeable practitioner who can help to set up an individual plan. Psychiatrist Cousens (founder of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona) offers a five-step program combining conventional and holistic techniques to treat depression. Cousenss basic points are well-taken: first, we just dont know enough about the physiological causes of mental illness; and second, part of the reason for his programs efficacy is that it involves self-responsibilityrather than simply the blind adherence to a drug regimen. Cousens first describes what is known of the role of neurotransmitters in the brain, and then he sorts out how various deficiencies are related to different types of depression (for instance, depression accompanied by anxiety and insomnia indicates a lack of serotonin; depression with fatigue and lack of pleasure points to low levels of dopamine or noradrenaline). He explains which supplementary amino acids to try, discusses the role and supplementation of fatty acids, and describes other lifestyle adjustments that can help (such as exercise, interpersonal connections, artistic outlets, and a sense of humor). Intriguing, useful suggestions for helpbut readers seeking to follow the program will need a professional guide. -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Review - "A definitive guide for the natural healing of depression. This is a wise book, compulsively readable." -- Harold H. Bloomfield, M.D., bestselling author of Making Peace with Your Past
"A valuable new contribution to our understanding of the issues. Highly recommended." -- Gary Null, Ph.D.
Product Description - A customized, drug-free program that attacks the biochemical roots of depression -- with a 90% success rate
Not all depressions are alike. And despite the attention given to Prozac and other drugs, there quite literally is no magic pill. Instead, writes Dr. Gabriel Cousens, someone who suffers from depression needs a customized, individual program, one that attacks the personal, biochemical roots of the problem.
In Depression-Free for Life, Dr. Cousens shows how to heal depression safely by synergistically rebalancing what he calls "the natural drugs of the brain," using a five-step program of mood-boosting substances, vitamin and mineral supplements, and a mood-enhancing diet and lifestyle. Grounded in cutting-edge science, yet accessible and safe, this book shows how to regain your optimism and energy through balancing your own biochemistry.
Depression-Free for Life
* Helps you customize your approach through easy self-assessment exercises
* Outlines a five-step program for harnessing your own body chemistry
* Incluedes a seven-day menu plan
* Features thirty savory but simple recipes
About the Author - Gabriel Cousens, M.D., is a medicaldoctor, psychiatrist, family therapist, and licensed homeopathic physician. He received his medical degree in 1969 from Columbia Medical School and completed his psychiatry residency in 1973. He was the chief mental health consultant for Sonoma County Operation Head Start and has served on the board of trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association. He speaks internationally on health topics and is the author of numerous books and articles. Dr. Cousens is the founder/director of the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center, an innovative holistic retreat center for the renewal of body, mind, and spirit, based in Patagonia, Arizona.
Mark Mayell has written on natural medicine for twenty years. As the editor of Natural Health magazine, he guided it to become the leading national magazine of its kind. He is the author of four hooks, including Natural Energy. He is on the advisory board of the American Holistic Health Association and lives with his family in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder: What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You...That You Need to Know by John Mcmanamy - Product Description - Seven years ago, John McManamy was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Through his successful Web site and newsletter, he has turned his struggles into a lifelong dedication to helping others battling depression and bipolar disorder reclaim their lives. In Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder, he brilliantly blends the knowledge of leading expert authorities with the experiences of his fellow patients, as well as his own, and offers extensive information on:
* Diagnosing the problem
* Associated illnesses and symptoms
* Treatments, lifestyle, and coping
* The effects of depression and bipolar disorder on relationships and sex
With a compassionate and eloquent voice, McManamy describes his belief that depression is a wide spectrum that reaches from occasional bouts of depression to full-fledged bipolar disorder. The first book to help patients recognize this diversity of the disorder, Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder will help sufferers begin to reclaim their lives.
About the Author - John McManamy is the publisher of the award-winning McMan's Depression and Bipolar Weekly and the Web site McMan's Depression and Bipolar Web.
I Don't Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression by Terrence Real - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review - When Terrence Real was studying to be a therapist, he accepted the notion that women suffered depression at rates several times that of men. Now he believes that conventional wisdom is wrong, that there has been a great cultural cover-up of depression in men. Real is convinced of the existence of a mental illness that is passed from fathers to sons in the form of rage, workaholism, distanced relationships from loved ones, and self-destructive behaviors ranging from stupid choices at work and in love to drug and alcohol abuse. Men reading I Don't Want to Talk About It will probably recognize themselves in every chapter, while women will recognize their partners--and, of course, both sexes will see their fathers in a new light.
From Publishers Weekly - Hidden male depression is the focus of this clear, compelling book by a Massachusetts family psychotherapist who specializes in working with dysfunctional men. Because our culture socializes boys to mask feelings of vulnerability, he says, they bury deep within themselves damaging childhood trauma and its ensuing depressive effects when they become men. This strongly reasoned study starts out with an illustration of the "toxic legacy" that is passed, often for generations, from father to son, with each chapter adding another piece to the complex face. The lucid exposition of ideas is made more vivid through dramatizing. Real uses "composite" cases, so no actual person is depicted except the author himself. One of the most arresting aspects of the book is the autobiographical thread that he weaves throughout. Real's central concern is what he calls covert depression, a pain-filled, inchoate state that may or may not eventually erupt into overt depression. The book is wise beyond its stated scope: in setting up a model for the nature, etiology and treatment of male depression, Real ends up offering-with some gender variants-an almost universal paradigm. BOMC, QPB and One Spirit alternates. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
When Someone You Love is Depressed by Laura Rosen and Xavier Amador - Editorial Reviews - From Library Journal - Feeling overburdened by your elderly depressed mother? Or maybe you're a parent worried about your withdrawn son. In either instance, this latest title from Rosen, director of family therapy at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, can help. Rosen's work is not as much about the causes and symptoms of depression as about how depression affects relationships. The author's ultimate goal is to help readers learn strategies to counter interaction problems, and she succeeds in this attempt. This empowering title will help readers and their loved one to speed their recovery and to safeguard the relationship against the weight of depression. Every chapter provides step-by-step guidelines for countering the negative effects of depression; special circumstances such as substance abuse or suicidal inclinations are also addressed. This is a solid purchase for all psychology collections.?Marty Dean Evensvold, Magnolia P.L., Tex. Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Booklist - Those unfortunate souls who suffer from clinical depression experience extended periods of bleakness so intense it can render them unable to function. But other victims of this disease include the spouses, families, and friends of the depressed, and it is for them that psychologists Rosen and Amador have written this hopeful and empowering guide. When a loved one is afflicted with depression, it is not uncommon for those around them to feel anger, frustration, and despair. Physical ailments are common, too. After showing how to recognize depression in someone else, the authors discuss ways for friends and family to safeguard their own mental and physical health while aiding the depressed person. One key is to appreciate the inevitable communication problems between depressed people and others and to then work through this difficulty. Throughout, the message is that self-education leads to positive change. Brian McCombie --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The Feeling Good Handbook by David D. Burns - Product Description - With his phenomenally successful Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, Dr. David Burns introduced a groundbreaking, drug-free treatment for depression. Now in this long-awaited sequel, he reveals powerful new techniques and provides step-by-step exercises that help you cope with the full range of everyday problems.
* Free from fears, phobias, and panic attacks
* Overcome self-defeating attitudes
* Discover the five secrets of intimate communication
* Put an end to marital conflict
* Conquer procrastination and unleash your potential for success
With an up-to-date section on everything you need to know about commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs and anxiety disorders such as agoraphobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder, this remarkable guide can show you how to feel good about yourself and the people you care about. You will discover that life can be an exhilarating experience.
From the Back Cover - "A wonderful achievement the best in its class."
--M. Anthony Bates, Clinical Psychologist, Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia
"Clear, systematic, forceful." --Albert Ellis, Ph.D., President, Institute for Rational-Emotional Therapy
"This book makes a difference. Anyone who experiences emotional distress (that is, everyone) will find this book invaluable. Dr. Burns represents dozens of helpful exercises in his inimitable, lively, and self-revealing style." --Jackie Persons, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco, and Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy.
"Dr. Burns has done it again. He has provided us with clearly described and practical guidelines for dealing with fears, anxieties, panic attacks, procrastination, and communication problems . . . invaluable." --Marvin Goldfried, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, State University of New York at Stony Brook
If you are looking for sound, workable advice on how to change your life a little or a lot, this is the book for you." --Robert L. Leahy, Ph.D., Director, Center for Cognitive Therapy, New York
Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The Breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Anger, and Impulsiveness by Daniel G. Ame - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com Review - In this age of do-it-yourself health care (heck, if the doctor only sees you for 10 minutes each visit, what other options are there?), Change Your Brain, Change Your Life fits in perfectly. Filled with "brain prescriptions" (among them cognitive exercises and nutritional advice) that are geared toward readers who've experienced anxiety, depression, impulsiveness, excessive anger or worry, and obsessive behavior, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life milks the mind-body connection for all it's worth.
Written by a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who has also authored a book on attention deficit disorder, Change Your Brain contains dozens of brain scans of patients with various neurological problems, from caffeine, nicotine, and heroin addiction to manic-depression to epilepsy. These scans, often showing large gaps in neurological activity or areas of extreme overactivity, are downright frightening to look at, and Dr. Amen should know better than to resort to such scare tactics. But he should also be commended for advocating natural remedies, including deep breathing, guided imagery, meditation, self-hypnosis, and biofeedback for treating disorders that are so frequently dealt with by prescription only. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal - Clinical neuroscientist and psychiatrist Amen uses nuclear brain imaging to diagnose and treat behavioral problems. He explains how the brain works, what happens when things go wrong, and how to optimize brain function. Five sections of the brain are discussed, and case studies clearly illustrate possible problems. The accompanying brain-scan photos are difficult to read with an untrained eye. Although Amen provides step-by-step "prescriptions" geared toward optimizing and healing the different sections of the brain ("create a library of wonderful experiences"; "try meditation/self-hypnosis"), 80 percent of the patients in his case studies were given medication to treat their behavioral problems. The audience for this book is ambiguous. While it encourages readers to evaluate themselves and others, it would be more useful to a professional in the social sciences than to the general reader. Buy where self-help or brain-research books are popular.?Maria Uzdavinis, Rochester P.L., NH - Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Review - "Revolutionary. Dr. Amen shows how your brain can become your worst enemy, and how with the proper treatment, your best friend."--Martin Stein, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry, George Washington University
"Opens the door to assessment and interventions that can change your life."--Robert D. Hunt, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Vanderbilt School of Medicine --From the Trade Paperback edition. -- Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Review - "Revolutionary. Dr. Amen shows how your brain can become your worst enemy, and how with the proper treatment, your best friend." --Martin Stein, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry, George Washington University
"Opens the door to assessment and interventions that can change your life."--Robert D. Hunt, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Product Description - BRAIN PRESCRIPTIONS THAT REALLY WORK
In this breakthrough bestseller, you'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You're not stuck with the brain you're born with. Here are just a few of neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen's surprising--and effective--"brain prescriptions" that can help heal your brain and change your life:
To Quell Anxiety and Panic:
* Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil
To Fight Depression:
* Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts)
To Curb Anger:
* Follow the Amen anti-anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rage
To Conquer Impulsiveness and Learn to Focus:
* Develop total focus with the "One-Page Miracle"
To Stop Obsessive Worrying:
* Follow the "get unstuck" writing exercise and learn other problem-solving exercises
From the Inside Flap - Do you panic at the thought of walking into a room full of people you don't know? Do you feel as if a cloud of gloom is always hovering over your head? Do you have the same negative thoughts over and over? Are you so easily distracted that you often can't finish a project? Do you fly off the handle at your spouse for no good reason? Do you have trouble connecting meaningfully with other people? If you've been struggling to overcome a problem like these without success--perhaps you've even tried therapy but given up--it probably isn't for lack of trying, thinking, or motivation; you just didn't have the right answers or the right tools. Now you do.
In his pioneering new book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Dr. Amen explains how you can "optimize" your brain to achieve your fullest potential. Using state-of-the-art brain imaging technology, Dr. Amen has spent the last decade helping thousands of patients understand how the way their brains are wired can affect their thoughts and emotions. He explains which brain systems are associated with particular problems, gives detailed checklists to help you pinpoint your problems, and offers specific yet simple "brain prescriptions" (cognitive exercises, nutrition, medication, and more) to help actually enhance brain function and heal each problem.
Many of the difficulties associated with anxiety, depression, excessive worrying, anger, and distraction are related to five specific systems in the brain. Dr. Amen explains how these systems work and how malfunctions can affect your behavior. If you've always believed that you were just going to have to live with the way you are, you'll be amazed by the vivid before-and-after brain scans of some of the thousands of patients that have been successfully treated at the Amen Clinic--visual proof that the right treatment can help you. You certainly don't need a brain scan to understand the basis of your particular problem or implement the correct solution, but these striking images will inspire you to make meaningful and effective changes. Seeing is believing!
Brain Prescriptions That Really Work
See the Anxious Brain * See the Depressed Brain * See the Angry Brain * See the Impulsive Brain * See the Worried Brain
In this breakthrough book, you'll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. But you're not stuck with the brain you're born with. Here are just a few of neuro-psychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen's surprising--and effective--"brain prescriptions" that can help heal your brain and change your life:
To quell anxiety and panic:
Follow the 18/40/60 rule
Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil
Learn which foods calm anxiety
To fight depression:
Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts)
Build a library of wonderful emotional experiences
Surround yourself with antidepressant fragrances
To curb anger:
Follow the Amen anti-anger diet
Learn the nutrients that can calm rage
Let Mozart calm you
To conquer impulsiveness and learn to focus:
Develop total focus with the "One-Page Miracle"
Use lights and sounds to stay focused
Get coaching from a professional organizer
To Stop obsessive worrying:
Learn the nutrients and foods that help
Follow the "get unstuck" writing exercise
Do simple problem-solving exercises
When your brain doesn't work right, you can't work right. With its easy-to-follow program and compelling evidence that you can actually retrain your brain to work more optimally, this breakthrough book will help you make lasting changes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover - "Revolutionary. Dr. Amen shows how your brain can become your worst enemy, and how with the proper treatment, your best friend."--Martin Stein, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry, George Washington University
"Opens the door to assessment and interventions that can change your life."--Robert D. Hunt, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Vanderbilt School of Medicine
About the Author - Daniel G. Amen, M.D., is a clinical neuroscientist, child and adolescent psychiatrist, and medical director of the Amen Clinic for Behavioral Medicine in Fairfield, California. The recipient of awards from the American Psychiatric Association, the Baltimore-D.C. Institute for Psychoanalysis, and the U.S. Army, Dr. Amen is a nationally recognized expert on the relationship between the brain and behavior and on attention deficit disorder, and is the author of several books, including Windows into the ADD Mind and Firestorms in the Brain.
From AudioFile - Imagine your favorite teacher everthe one who had passion for his subject, loved to explain, and found just the right images to make difficult information understandable. If you haven't been lucky enough to have this experience, that's all the more reason to listen to this audio. Amen is clearly dedicated to dispelling negativity about mental illness and making his brain research accessible and usable to those who need it. He breaks down the five sections of the brain, describing the characteristics of each and offering "prescriptions" ranging from medications to step-by-step brain games to change behavior and improve life. The audio is filled with stories from history, literature, his own life, and, most helpfully and spectacularly, the many successes he's encountered in his practice. S.W. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders by Robert L. Leahy and Stephen J. Holland - Editorial Reviews - "Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders provides clinicians with essential guidelines to treat patients in the era of managed care. Seven psychiatric disorders are described and conceptualized in cognitive-behavioral terms. The authors then provided an unusually clear, reader-friendly description of how to assess and treat each disorder with illustrative case examples, and patient forms and handouts. It should prove very useful for clinicians or clinicians-in-training who want to learn how to conduct short-term treatment through an empirically validated approach." --Judith S. Beck, PhD, Director, Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research
"This pragmatic handbook presents the nitty-gritty details of empirically supported cognitive-behavioral conceptualizations and interventions for clients with depression and anxiety. It will be particularly useful to clinicians functioning in the managed care environment. The authors are obviously astute and experienced therapists. Clinicians who read this book and follow its methods can feel confident they are providing top-quality care." --Jacqueline B. Persons, PhD, Director, San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy, Oakland, California
"This book is a landmark contribution to the growing literature on cognitive therapy for mental disorders. It is reader-friendly and deals with complex issues in a clear, understandable fashion. It is just the answer for clinicians working in managed care settings as well as in private practice." --Aaron T. Beck, MD, University Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
"...this manual provides succinct and thorough treatment overviews and plans for some of the most frequently encountered disorders. The layout of each chapter, as well as the included sample treatment plans and patient forms, greatly facilitates the implementation of treatment within a busy practice. The content, balanced between theoretical and practical, provides sufficient understanding of the rationale underlying the approach while simultaneously allowing for rapid implementation of treatment. This manual will undoubtedly prove to be of immense value to both experienced and novice clinicians alike." --Clinical Psychology Review
"I was pleasantly surprised to find that although these authors are reiterating some familiar ideas, their approach is quite unique. This text provides exactly what it suggests--a reference for clinicians about methods and practical interventions for a number of psychological disorders including depression, panic disorder, GAD, social phobia, PTSD, specific phobia, and OCD....I think the real success of the book is in its organization; rather than describing techniques directly in the text, these are included in a number of charts and user-friendly tables for quick reference. Best of all, in my opinion, is the CD-ROM included at the back of the manual, which comprises the book's material in Adobe-Reader format. In fact, the CD also contains some additional material including, for example, a lengthy list of medications, their uses, and their side-effects. The CD also contains all of the helpful forms and handouts provided in the book (included short pamphlets on each disorder that provide basic information for the patient). I think this manual provides an excellent reference guide for any graduate student or therapist considering using CBT in a short-term treatment plan." --Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
"The authors present, in a compact 300 pages or so, a variety of forms, outlines of treatment procedures, handouts for clients and their families and a solid review of research on state-of-the-art cognitive-behavioral treatment of a wide range of anxiety and depressive conditions. Clearly written with case examples, the book presents empirically validated treatment protocols for short-term therapies. Pragmatic to the maximum....This book will be welcome in agencies and clinics where it will likely raise the standards for treatment. It should see widespread use in graduate and post graduate training programs. It will also serve psychologists well as a refresher course of systematic home training in brief cognitive-behavioral techniques. The experienced clinician will recognize that within these pages is a wealth of resources just waiting to be adapted to the private practice environment." --Announcer
Product Description - Includes CD-ROM with Reproducible Forms!
This one-of-a-kind resource provides the busy practitioner with empirically supported treatments for seven frequently encountered disorders: major depression, generalized anxiety, panic and agoraphobia, PTSD, social phobia, specific phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Serving as ready-to-use treatment packages, chapters describe basic cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques and how to tailor them to each disorder. Also featured are diagnostic flow charts; therapist forms for assessment and record keeping; client handouts and homework sheets; and session-by-session case examples. Tips for troubleshooting common therapeutic roadblocks are presented, as are strategies for ensuring third-party payment authorization. The searchable CD-ROM enables clinicians to rapidly generate individualized treatment plans, print extra copies of therapist and client forms, find the facts about commonly prescribed medications, and learn more about cognitive-behavioral techniques. Facilitating effective treatment that is adapted to the realities of the typical outpatient setting, including the demands of managed care, this book and CD-ROM will be prized by novice and experienced clinicians alike.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse by Zindel V. Segal (Author), J. Mark G. Williams (Author), John D. Teasdale - Product Description - This book presents an innovative eight-session program that has been clinically proven to bolster recovery from depression and prevent relapse. Developed by leading scientist-practitioners, and solidly grounded in current psychological research, the approach integrates cognitive therapy principles and practice into a mindfulness framework. Clinicians from any background will find vital tools to help clients maintain gains made by prior treatment and to expand the envelope of care to remission and beyond. Illustrative transcripts and a wealth of reproducible materials, including session summaries and participant forms, enhance the clinical utility of the volume. Clinicians are also guided in establishing their own mindfulness practice, an essential prerequisite to teaching others.
Lifting Depression: A Neuroscientist's Hands-On Approach to Activating Your Brain's Healing Power by Kelly Lambert - Product Description - Drawing on the latest findings from neuroscience, as well as cultural observation and her own unique laboratory research, psychologist Kelly Lambert puts forth a provocative new theory about the cause and treatment of depression.
Today's young adults are up to ten times more likely to experience depression than their grandparents were. Could it be that in our increasingly automated world, the reduced physical effort needed to accomplish anything may somehow interfere with our level of happiness and subsequent responses to stress?
Neuroscientist Kelly Lambert finds compelling evidence that having to work hard for rewards significantly improves mood and prevents depression. Beginning with her innovative research on rats--she compared "trust-fund rats" (whose rewards came with no effort on their part) to hard-working "trained-to-succeed" rodents--Lambert offers hope of treatment for people without debilitating (and often ineffective) drugs.
Drawing on a wealth of information from the fields of anthropology, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology, Lambert develops a unique theory suggesting that physical effort directed toward tangible outcomes activates particular regions of the brain and builds resilience against the emotional emptiness and negative thinking associated with depression. Whereas most therapies emphasize the importance of mental activity, Lambert reminds us of the importance of physical activity in establishing control in a fast-paced culture that is focused more on the prospect of immediate gratification than savoring the fruits of our labor.
The Freedom from Depression Workbook (Minirth Meier New Life Clinic Series) by Les Carter and Frank Minirth - Product Description - Learn to manage depression in The Freedom from Depression Workbook. Les Carter, Ph.D., and Frank Minirth, M.D., introduce a 12-part interactive program that identifies moods and patterns which affect our feelings. With the help of this book, peel back the layers of what causes depression and learn to develop keys to lasting change.
Anxiety & Depression Workbook For Dummies (For Dummies (Psychology & Self Help)) by Charles H., PhD. Elliott, Laura L., PhD. Smith, and Aaron T., MD Beck - Product Description - From identifying your triggers to improving your relationships -- manage your emotional wellbeing
Struggling to cope with anxiety and/or depression? Have no fear -- this hands-on guide focuses on helping you pinpoint the root of your problems and find relief from your symptoms in a detailed, step-by-step manner. With concise, eye-opening exercises, you'll understand how to assess your current situation, remove the roadblocks to change, face your fears, and improve your view of yourself and the world around you. You'll see how to take direct action to alter negative or distorted thinking, lift your moods, and adopt positive habits that will lead you toward a more joyful, meaningful, and connected life!
* How to improve the way you feel about yourself
* Skills to face and overcome what makes you anxious or depressed
* How to determine whether medication is an option for you
* Practical ways to prepare for and deal with setbacks
Lincoln's Melancholy: How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness by Joshua Wolf Shenk - Editorial Reviews - From Publishers Weekly - Abe the Emancipator, argues Washington Monthly contributor Shenk, struggled with persistent clinical depression. The first major bout came in his 20s, and the disease dogged him for the rest of his life. That Lincoln suffered from "melancholy" isn't new. Shenk's innovation is in saying, first, that this knowledge can be illuminated by today's understanding of depression and, second, that our understanding of depression can be illuminated by the knowledge that depression was actually a source of Lincoln's greatness. Lincoln's strategies for dealing with it are worth noting today: at least once, he took a popular pill known as the "blue mass"--essentially mercury--and also once purchased cocaine. Further, Lincoln's famed sense of humor, suggests Shenk, may have been compensatory, and he also took refuge in poetry. Unlike Americans today, Shenk notes, 19th-century voters and pundits were more forgiving of psychological and emotional complexity, and a certain prophetic pessimism, he notes, was appropriate to the era of the Civil War. Occasionally, Shenk chases down an odd rabbit trail--an opening meditation on whether Lincoln was gay, for example, is neither conclusive nor apposite. Still, this is sensitive history, with important implications for the present. (Sept. 20) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From School Library Journal - Adult/High SchoolIn 1835, Lincoln, a likable, gifted law student, was so depressed that his community, who accepted his mental state as a component of his brilliance, put him on a suicide watch. The reaction to his depressions by those who knew him, and by Lincoln himself, is a revelation of 19th-century thinking. In his day, melancholia was seen as a personality type that, along with disadvantages, had attributes such as deep self-reflection. Blessed with insight into his condition, Lincoln used it as a resource, providing self-therapy in an era when professional therapies were scant. The man also was blessed with a sense of humor and, above all, good friendships that alleviated major life traumas, including the loss of two children. This is not a full biography. Emphasis is placed on aspects of Lincolns life that contributed to his mental burdens, such as his estrangement from his father. The value of this book is the authors ability to assess his subjects mental state based on eyewitness accounts and Lincolns own words. Shenk assumes his readers have a grasp of the periods history, making the book challenging, but teens interested in Lincoln or psychology will find the content compelling. --Jo Ann Soriano, Lorton Library, Fairfax County, VA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Helping Students Overcome Depression and Anxiety, Second Edition: A Practical Guide (The Guilford Practical Intervention in Schools Series) by Kenneth W. Merrell - Product Description - Now in a revised and expanded second edition, this bestselling guide provides expert information and clear-cut strategies for assessing and treating internalizing problems in school settings. More than 40 specific psychoeducational and psychosocial intervention techniques are detailed, with a focus on approaches that are evidence based, broadly applicable, and easy to implement. Including 26 ready-to-use worksheets, in a large-size format with permission to photocopy, the second edition has been updated throughout to ensure its currency and clinical utility. Coverage of psychiatric medications has been extensively revised with the latest developments and findings. A new chapter addresses prevention-oriented social and emotional learning curricula for the classroom.
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