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Depression: A Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (New Harbinger Guides for the Newly Diagnosed )
Depression is the most common mental health condition in the United States. In fact, up to one in five women and one in ten men will experience it in their lifetimes. Because it’s so prevalent, it’s sometimes called the common cold of psychiatric illnesses. Of course, this flip attitude is completely misguided. If you suffer from depression, then you know how debilitating ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by New Harbinger Publications
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This is a good, basic guide to what to do if you have depression. The author gives a nice overview, including what symptoms to look out for, how to get a diagnosis, what treatment options there are, and what to do after the depressive episode ends. There's a whole chapter devoted to suicidality, which is pretty important, and another one about comorbid illnesses, which is useful if a bit short. Really, that's my feeling on this as a whole: it's a nice basic guide, but the emphasis is on basic. ...more
Nov 07, 2015 Holly rated it really liked it
This book does a good job assembling and explaining the fundamental points of coping with depression, from a gloss on types of treatment to tips on asking for support from others. It's a slim book written in a very matter-of-fact voice, organized in a way that makes it easy to find what you need and skip what you don't -- with good "further reading" suggestions if what you need is more in-depth coverage of a topic. The "managing symptoms" section is particularly good: each symptom (fatigue, ...more