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Table of contents:

    Taking care of yourself
    Treating depression
    Understanding depression

Taking care of yourself

Essential information on exactly that.

What to do when Someone You Love is Depressed
This book is directed toward the care-giver or "strengthened ally" of anyone who suffers from this common but often misunderstood affliction. Woven throughout are the personal experiences of Mitch Golant, who spent most of his childhood with a mother who was seriously depressed, an experience that not only catapulted him into his work as a clinical psychologist, but also informs this book with a tone of compassionate understanding.

Among the many subjects addressed are: the warning signs of serious illness, how to distinguish between real depression and a normal case of the blues, how to comfort a depressed person, how to maintain intimacy and communication, how to deal with the mental health community, the most successful forms of treatment specific things to do and say that will help, and what to do when someone threatens suicide.

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How You Can Survive When They're Depressed
Sheffield brings together many real-life examples from the pioneering support group she attends at Beth Israel Hospital of how people with depression fallout have learned to cope. From setting boundaries to maintaining an outside social life, she gives practical tactics for handling the challenges and emotional stresses on a day-to-day basis. For example, a depressed spouse may make random threats of divorce and unfounded accusations of infidelity or deny the need for professional help. Sheffield counsels the depression fallout victim on how to deal with these and other typical behaviors, as well as providing invaluable information about both drug- and talk-therapy options and how to select the best practitioners for the depressive.

One Guides member offers this negative review: "I read this book and do not recommend it. i felt the book did not live up to its title and was largely a catharsis for the author to pick on her mother. If anyone feels compelled to read it, I recommend you skim through it at a bookstore first. There are other, better books out there than this one."

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"This book demonstrates the significant consequences depression has for both patients and their families and provides useful guidelines for clinicians to target the interventions more effectively to include both the patient and the family members."
I Don't Know Who You Are Anymore: A family's struggle with depression
Comments from Guides reader B.Z.: When depression is tearing your family apart and it seems as though the nightmare will never end you need to know:
  • Depression is an illness and can be treated
  • How and where to get help for a depressed family member
  • What family members can do to help each other cope
  • How to explain to friends and relatives
  • How other families have survived depression
"This book is a first-rate exploration of the hills and valleys, the mysteries of this insufficiently understood disease. You've performed a genuine and healing service" -Mike Wallace

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When Someone You Love is Depressed
The author stresss the importance of maintaining an outside social life, and gives tactics for handling the challenges and emotional stresses on a day-to-day basis. 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.

One reader at Amazon wrote: "The tone is often condescending and assumes unnecessarily that the reader is not yet convinced that their loved one is indeed depressed. If you know that you are dealing with a depressed individual you'll need a more sophisticated book..."

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The author says: "This is a breakthrough book which has been validated by many subsequent studies. Learn how the contagious force of emotions (fusion) keeps you and your loved one locked into a dysfunctional relationship filled with hostility and despair."

Treating depression

These books are about the treatment aspects of depression. They are useful if you or your depressed SO doesn't know much about the illness.

The Feeling Good Handbook
Filled with charts, quizzes, weekly self-assessment tests, and a daily mood log, The Feeling Good Handbook actively engages its readers in their own recovery. With a new section on the latest prescription drugs for treating depression and anxiety disorders, The Feeling Good Handbook is an indispensable guide to help change thinking, control mood swings, deal with disasters, and feel better about yourself and those around you.

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Overcoming Depression
A bestselling classic in the field and the definitive book most recommended by doctors is now thoroughly updated and revised. This vital and accessible guide provides state-of-the-art medical information and solid practical advice for the millions who suffer from depression and manic depression and for their families.

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Learned Optimism
Martin Seligman has been studying optimists and pessimists for 25 years. Pessimists believe that bad events are their fault, will last a long time, and undermine everything. They feel helpless and may sink into depression, which is epidemic today, especially among youths. Optimists, on the other hand, believe that defeat is a temporary setback or a challenge--it doesn't knock them down. "Pessimism is escapable," asserts Seligman, by learning a new set of cognitive skills that will enable you to take charge, resist depression, and make yourself feel better and accomplish more.

About two-thirds of this book is a psychological discussion of pessimism, optimism, learned helplessness (giving up because you feel unable to change things), explanatory style (how you habitually explain to yourself why events happen), and depression, and how these affect success, health, and quality of life. Seligman supports his points with animal research and human cases. He includes tests for you and your child--whose achievement may be related more to his or her level of optimism/pessimism than ability. The final chapters teach the skills of changing from pessimism to optimism, with worksheet pages to guide you and your child.

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Change your Life and Everyone in It
A guides reader recommends this book, saying "I really liked [it]. It gave practical examples of different situations and since Davis was more clinical and professional (unbiased compared to Sheffield)..... plus her outlook was much more positive than Sheffield's. I don't want to say she's a "Dr. Laura" type, inasmuch as Dr. Laura makes a living off of condescension and ridicule for entertainment value, but Davis' approach is similar- things happen to us and we are not or should not be destroyed or unduly influenced negatively by such events, the point is we learn how to get over the challenges and struggles that life deals us. Depression happens, sometimes we just need to break out of the ruts as an integral part of the pattern to break depression."

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Depression: How it Happens, How it's Healed
by John Medina.

Comments from Guides reader B.Z.: In this vivid and accessible guide, molecular biologist Medina clears up the common misconceptions that make clinical depression one of the most widely misunderstood disorders of our time. He explains how chemical changes in the brain contribute to feelings of depression, details the facts about the drugs used to treat depression, and suggests ways to make psychotherapy a helpful component of the healing process. Throughout over 150 colorful illustrations help clarify complex information such as how neurotransmitters transfer information across synapses or how serotonergic agents like Prozac actually work.

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The Depression Workbook: A guide for living with depression
by Mary Ellen Copeland.

Comments from Guides reader B.Z.: This book is based on the responses of 120 survey participants who share their insights, experiences and strategies for living with extreme mood swings. Interactive exercises teach essential coping skills such as building a strong support system, bolstering self-esteem, fighting negative thoughts, finding appropriate professional help and using relaxation and exercise.

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Living Without Depression and Manic Depression: A workbook for maintaining mood stability
by Mary Ellen Copeland.

Comments from Guides reader B.Z.: A prescription for enduring mood stability, this workbook outlines a program that helps people achieve real breakthroughs in coping and healing. Contents include: self-advocacy, building a network of support, wellness lifestyle, symptom prevention strategies, self-esteem, mood stability, a career that works, trauma resolution, dealing with sleep problems, diet, vitamin and herbal therapies, dealing with stigma, medication side effects, psychotherapy and counseling alternatives.

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If You Think You Have Depression
Assess your risk; recognize the symptoms, find the best medical help; discover cutting-edge interventions, advances in diagnosis, breakthrough treatments and more.

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I Don't Want To Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression
A therapist himself, Terrence Real examines the dirty little secret of the American Male: chronic depression. As the author sees it, men who fall prey to depressive disorders are caught in a double bind. Since their feelings of helplessness are considered unmanly, they tend to hide them, which makes the descent into blackness even steeper. The solution? Real urges men (and women!) to cast aside their clichéd notions of gender and to accept that feelings are neither masculine nor feminine but essentially human.

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Depression: What Families Should Know
by Elaine Shimberg. BZ says: This is the very first book I purchased on depression. From the back cover "A valuable resource to the most hidden victims of depression - the loved ones of the sufferer". This is an easy to read very basic book.

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Understanding depression

These books are written by depressives, aiming to relate their experiences.

Darkness Visible
From a reader: "This is an excellent book for anyone who knows & loves someone with a chronic mental illness. Styron tells his tale so simply & quickly. He shows us that mental illness is not necessarily the result of unhappiness, poor parenting, other people, etc. Sometimes, it just is! It is an illness that ebbs & wanes like diabetes. Styron helped me to understand both what is happening to that person, & how much & how little I can do about it."

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An Unquiet Mind
From Kay Redfield Jamison - an international authority on manic-depressive illness, and a full professor of medicine at American Universities - writes a remarkable personal testimony of her own struggle since adolescence with manic depression, and how it shaped her life. With vivid prose and wit, she takes us into the fascinating and dangerous territory of this form of madness - a world in which one pole can be the alluring dark land ruled by what Byron called the "melancholy star of the imagination," and the other a desert of depression and, all too frequently, death.

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How Therapists Diagnose: Seeing through the psychiatric eye
by Dr. Bruce Hamstra. BZ says: Can you tell how desperate I have become, buying something like this! From the cover: "as essential book for all who are considering or are in some form of psychotherapy". I found this interesting because it gives case examples, but it covers other mental illness as well as depression.

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