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Depression For Dummies



Depression For Dummies

Laura L. Smith, Charles H. Elliott

ISBN: 978-1-118-06891-5 April 2011 384 Pages


"What do you have to be depressed about?" Bet you've heard that one before. Or how about, "You're depressed? Just get over it!" Easier said than done, right? Or here's a favorite, "They have a pill for that now, you know."

Unfortunately, such naïve armchair psychology rarely works for someone suffering from the very real plight of depression. All it does is seek to trivialize depression and characterize depressed people as "whiners" who have nothing better to do than to "complain about their lives." But the truth is, depression is a very real problem. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that, on any given day, 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression. And depression rates continue to increase – for example, kids exhibit depression at nearly ten times the rate of previous generations. Theories abound as to why depression rates are increasing, but regardless of the cause, this scourge continues to rob its victims of happiness, joy, and the capacity to give and receive love.

So why Depression For Dummies, when there's already a glut of self-help books on the market peddling so-called cures and remedies for depression? Because this book satisfies the need for a straight-talking, no-nonsense resource on depression. The only agenda of Depression For Dummies is to present you with the facts on depression and explain the options for dealing with it. Rest assured, this is no infomercial in a yellow and black cover.

Here's just a sampling of what you'll find in Depression For Dummies:

  • Demystifying the types of depression
  • Discovering what goes on in the body of a depressed person
  • Detecting and diagnosing depression
  • Seeking help through therapy and medication
  • Modifying depressed behavior and solving life's headaches
  • Dealing with depression resulting from grief and relationship issues
  • Cutting through the hype of alternative treatments for depression
  • Moving beyond depression: Avoiding relapses and pursuing a happy life
  • Top Ten lists on getting rid of a your bad mood and helping your kids and other family members out of depression

So, whatever your level of depression – whether you suffer from occasional bouts or you find yourself seriously debilitated by depression – Depression For Dummies can give you the insight and tools you need to once again find enjoyment and happiness in life. All it takes is one step.



Part I: Discovering Depression and Preparing a Plan.

Chapter 1: Demystifying and Defeating Depression.

Chapter 2: Detecting Depression.

Chapter 3: Breaking Barriers to Change.

Chapter 4: Finding Help for Depression.

Part II: Untwisting Your Thinking: Thought Therapy.

Chapter 5: Discovering Depression-Driven Thinking.

Chapter 6: Breaking Up the Dark Clouds of Depressive Thinking.

Chapter 7: Discovering the Cracked Lenses Behind Depression.

Chapter 8: Mending Your Memory.

Part III: Taking Action Against Depression: Behavior Therapy.

Chapter 9: Getting Out of Bed.

Chapter 10: Working Out to Lift Depression.

Chapter 11: Rediscovering Healthy Pleasures.

Chapter 12: Solving Life’s Headaches.

Part IV: Rebuilding Connections: Relationship Therapy.

Chapter 13:Working Through Loss, Grief, and Mourning.

Chapter 14: Relationship Enhancement.

Part V: Fighting the Physical Foe: Biological Therapies.

Chapter 15: Prescribing Pleasure.

Chapter 16: Hype, Help, or Hope? Alternative Treatments for Depression.

Part VI: Looking Beyond Depression.

Chapter 17: Reducing the Risk of Relapse.

Chapter 18: Confronting Depression with Mindfulness.

Chapter 19: Pursuing Happiness Through Positive Psychology.

Part VII: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 20: Ten Ways Out of a Bad Mood.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Help Kids With Depression.

Chapter 22: Ten Ways to Help a Friend or Lover with Depression.

Appendix: Resources for You.


“…friendly, practical and readable…” (Deirdre Saunders, Agony Aunt in The Sun, June 10 2005)

"...practical, sensible help and advice..." (Essentials, March 2004)