Depression For Dummies

Depression For Dummies
  • eBook:
    Depression For Dummies
  • Author:
    Charles H. Elliott, Laura L. Smith
  • Edition:
    2 edition
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  • Data:
    April 6, 2021
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  • Pages:
    400 pages
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Book Description
The good news on beating the blues 
Do you want the good, the bad, or the best news first? OK, the bad news is that an estimated 264+ million people worldwide suffer from a depressive illness. The good news is that we know how to defeat these illnesses better than ever before using a growing range of highly effective psychotherapies, medications, and other therapeutic methods that are improving all the time. And the best news: because of these advances, the majority  of people no longer need to suffer the debilitating―and sometimes dangerous―effects of long-term depressive illness.
The new edition of Depression For Dummies shows how you can make this happen for you by providing the latest and best information on how to banish the noonday demon and bring the sunshine back into your world. In this friendly, cheerful, no-nonsense guide, leading clinical psychologists Laura L. Smith and Charles H. Elliot give you the straight talk on what you face and proven, practical advice on how to punch back and win. Showing you how to know your enemy, they demystify common types of depression, explain its physical effects, and help identify the kind you have. Armed in this way, you can take firmer steps toward the lifestyle changes―as well as therapy or medication―that will put you back in control.
  • Learn about different forms of depression 
  • Build simple, daily habits into your life that help banish the blues 
  • Understand conventional, alternative, and experimental therapies 
  • Move on: avoid relapses and stay happy!  
Whatever your level of depression―occasional bouts or long-term―this book gives you the insight, the tools, and the inner strength and persistence to put enjoyment back in your life.


Part 1: Discovering Depression and Preparing a Plan
CHAPTER 1: Demystifying and Defeating Depression
CHAPTER 2: Detecting Depression
CHAPTER 3: When Bad Things Happen
CHAPTER 4: Breaking Barriers to Change
CHAPTER 5: Finding Help for Depression

Part 2: Understanding and Accepting Thoughts and Feelings
CHAPTER 6: Understanding the Thought/Feeling Connection
CHAPTER 7: Defeating Distorted Thinking
CHAPTER 8: Rethinking Thoughts Lurking Behind Depression
CHAPTER 9: Accepting Thoughts and Feelings
CHAPTER 10: Thinking the Worst: Suicide

Part 3: Taking Action Against Depression
CHAPTER 11: Getting Out of Bed
CHAPTER 12: Working Out to Lift Depression
CHAPTER 13: Rediscovering Healthy Pleasures
CHAPTER 14: Solving Life’s Headaches

Part 4: Rebuilding Connections
CHAPTER 15: Working Through Loss, Grief, and Mourning
CHAPTER 16: Relationship Enhancement

Part 5: Fighting the Physical Foe: Biological Therapies
CHAPTER 17: Prescribing Pleasure
CHAPTER 18: Hype, Help, or Hope? Alternative Treatments for Depression

Part 6: Looking Beyond Depression
CHAPTER 19: Reducing the Risk of Relapse
CHAPTER 20: Mending Your Memory
CHAPTER 21: Pursuing Happiness

Part 7: The Part of Tens
CHAPTER 22: Ten Ways Out of a Bad Mood
CHAPTER 23: Ten Ways to Help Kids with Depression
CHAPTER 24: Ten Ways to Help a Friend or Lover with Depression

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