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The Depression Answer Book

ISBN: 9781402217128

By: Wes Burgess,

Published: 05/19/2009

At a time when individuals are overwhelmed with confusing and often conflicting information and emotions, The Depression Answer Book explains confusing medical lingo and provides straightforward answers to pressing questions.

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Description

Depression affects 14.8 million American adults every year. How do I know if my sadness is actually depression? What conditions often coexist with depression? How can I help a family member or friend who is depressed? Depression is not merely a bad day or a blue mood—it's a serious disorder that affects people both mentally and physically, and can become debilitating and even fatal if not recognized and properly treated. If you suspect that you or a loved one might be suffering from depression, or if you've recently been diagnosed, The Depression Answer Book can answer all the questions you have about how to get back to yourself. Written by an experienced psychiatrist, The Depression Answer Book covers such pressing topics as: How many types of depression are there? Couldn't everyone be diagnosed with depression at one time or another? What should I do in a crisis? What can I do on my own to help my depression? Do I really need therapy and medication? How do I know a medication is working? At a time when individuals are overwhelmed with confusing and often conflicting information and emotions, The Depression Answer Book explains confusing medical lingo and provides straightforward answers to pressing questions. An important new addition to Sourcebooks' Answer Book series, The Depression Answer Book is a must-have shelf reference written in our easy-to-read question-and-answer format.

About the Author

Wes Burgess, M.D., Ph.D.

Wes Burgess, M.D., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice, specializing in the treatment of mood disorders. He has an office in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles. Dr. Burgess received his psychiatry training at Stanford University and he has taught at Stanford University Medical School, UCLA Medical School, and the University of California Davis, Department of Psychology. He was a Stanford University Fellow and member of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Burgess has lectured around the globe and he is the author of The Bipolar Handbook and The Bipolar Handbook for Children, Teens and Families.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
Introduction

Chapter 1: Depression Basics
Chapter 2: Symptoms of Depression
Short Depression Checklist
Chapter 3: Diagnosis and Causes
Criteria That Doctors Use to Diagnose Major Unipolar Depression
Chapter 4: Similar and Coexisting Disorders
Chapter 5: Newer Antidepressant Medications
Chapter 6: Classic Antidepressants
Chapter 7: What If Your Antidepressant Doesn't Work?
Chapter 8: Finding a Doctor
Chapter 9: Seeking Therapy
Chapter 10: Choosing Between Psychotherapists
Chapter 11: Treating Depression at Home
Chapter 12: Good Health Habits
Chapter 13: Stress-Reduction Techniques
Chapter 14: Women and Depression
Chapter 15: Crisis Management and Prevention
Suicide Severity Checklist
Chapter 16: When All Else Fails

Epilogue
Appendix A: Resources
Appendix B: American Psychiatric Association's Official Diagnostic Criteria for Unipolar Major Depression
Appendix C: The National Institute of Mental Health's Symptoms of General Depression and Psychosis

Appendix D: Worksheets

  • Pleasant Events Program
  • Life Activation Framework
  • Emotion Checklist

Index
About the Author

Excerpt

Excerpt from Chapter 1: Depression Basics

What's a simple definition of major depression?
Major depression is a condition of the brain and nervous system

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Specs

Format: Paperback

Dimensions
Length: 8 in
Width: 6 in
Weight: 11.68 oz
Page Count: 272 pages

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