Anxiety or depression can make it hard to get through each day and find ful-fillment in life. This handy pocket guide describes these psychological disorders, helps you decide if you have a problem, and explains the latest treatments and therapies to overcome them. Whether you're suffering from anxiety or depression or caring for someone who is, you'll get the information you need to get the condition managed and move ahead with life.
Open the book and find:
Guidance on spotting an anxiety problem
Methods for clearing roadblocks to change
Tips for managing anxious feelings
Information on detecting depression
Ways to work with a therapist
Laura L. Smith, PhD, and Charles H. Elliott, PhD, are practicing clinical psychologists who specialize in the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders. They are both faculty members at the Fielding Graduate Institute.
Unfortunately, such naïve armchair psychology rarely worksfor someone suffering from the very real plight of depression. Allit does is seek to trivialize depression and characterize depressedpeople as "whiners" who have nothing better to do than to "complainabout their lives." But the truth is, depression is a very realproblem. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that, onany given day, 121 million people worldwide suffer from depression.And depression rates continue to increase – forexample, kids exhibit depression at nearly ten times the rate ofprevious generations. Theories abound as to why depression ratesare increasing, but regardless of the cause, this scourge continuesto rob its victims of happiness, joy, and the capacity to give andreceive love.
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Here's just a sampling of what you'll find in Depression ForDummies:Demystifying the types of depressionDiscovering what goes on in the body of a depressed personDetecting and diagnosing depressionSeeking help through therapy and medicationModifying depressed behavior and solving life's headachesDealing with depression resulting from grief and relationshipissuesCutting through the hype of alternative treatments fordepressionMoving beyond depression: Avoiding relapses and pursuing ahappy lifeTop Ten lists on getting rid of a your bad mood and helpingyour kids and other family members out of depression
So, whatever your level of depression – whetheryou suffer from occasional bouts or you find yourself seriouslydebilitated by depression – Depression ForDummies can give you the insight and tools you need to onceagain find enjoyment and happiness in life. All it takes is onestep.
Now, in this updated edition, Dr Burns adds an all-new Consumer's Guide To Antidepressant Drugs, as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.
Recognise what causes your mood swings.
Nip negative feelings in the bud.
Deal with guilt.
Handle hostility and criticism.
Overcome addiction to love and approval.
Feel good everyday.
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