Depression

Paperback | December 17, 2011

byDanuta Wasserman

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The term "depression" covers a wide spectrum of conditions ranging from mild despondency to melancholia, the very deepest form of depression. Natural despondency is not a disease but simply a part of life. Depression, however, is a common psychiatric illness that must be identified and treatedin the same manner as other illnesses. Depression: The Facts, Second Edition provides a simple, yet comprehensive overview of depression for sufferers, their friends, and families. It contains case-study descriptions and can serve as a quick-reference for those with a medical background. It succinctly details the signs and symptoms ofclinical depression, as well as the process of diagnosis and the different subtypes, including major depression, dysthymia, manic depression disorders, and seasonal affective disorder. The second part of the book covers the current understanding of the causes of depression, based on the scientificevidence. The book concludes with a review of treatment options and practical guidance on self-help in depression, as well as useful advice for family and friends.The main aim of this book is to reach those who need help and want to understand themselves and their condition more, in an easy-to-read format without an excess of medical terminology and statistics that may overwhelm the non-medically trained individual. All concepts have been broken down intobullet-points and sub-headings, to allow easy digestion of the concepts and information. This empowers the reader, and may ultimately prompt someone to seek help and support.

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The term "depression" covers a wide spectrum of conditions ranging from mild despondency to melancholia, the very deepest form of depression. Natural despondency is not a disease but simply a part of life. Depression, however, is a common psychiatric illness that must be identified and treatedin the same manner as other illnesses. Depr...

Danuta Wasserman is a specialist in general psychiatry and has a psychotherapeutic training. She is an active member of several professional organizations. On a national and Nordic level, Danuta Wasserman has built up the National Centre for the Prevention of Mental Ill-Health and Suicide (NASP) and a strong Nordic research network on...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.68 inPublished:December 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019960293X

ISBN - 13:9780199602933

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PrefacePart 1 Symptoms of depression1. Sorrow and natural despondency2. Mood disorders3. Seasonal depressions4. Depression in childhood and adolescence5. Women, men, and depression6. The elderly and depression7. Physical illness, pain, symptoms, and depression8. Substance abuse and depression9. Eating disturbances and depression10. Anxiety and depression11. Sleep and depressionPart 2 Causes of depression12. Biological theories on the causes of depression13. Psychological theories of depression14. Nature or nurture: what matters most?Part 3 Treatment of depression15. When to see a doctor and subsequent treatment16. Treatment with antidepressant medication17. Sexuality, depression, and antidepressant medication18. Electroconvulsive therapy and light therapy19. Psychological forms of treatment20. Advice to family members21. Self-help in depression22. Suicide and depression: when zest for life is gone