Beating the Blues

Beating the Blues

New Approaches to Overcoming Dysthymia and Chronic Mild Depression

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Baker & Taylor
A handbook for individuals suffering from chronic mild depression explains how to recognize negative thinking patterns and discusses various treatments including medication, therapy and alternative treatments.

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A practical handbook for individuals suffering from chronic mild depression explains how to recognize negative and distorted thinking patterns that cause a downward spiral of pessimism and discusses ways in which medication and therapy can be combined to provide an effective treatment, with a look at various antidepressants and alternative therapies.

Oxford University Press
Mild depressions are so insidious that sufferers often don't seek help. They think, "that's just the way I am. There's really not much I can do about it." As Dr. Michael Thase and science writer Susan S. Lang reveal in this wonderful new book, the good news is they can do something about it. Persistent mild depression, which afflicts up to 35 million Americans, can be readily and permanently cured.
Thase and Lang show how chronic mild depression can be relieved by learning strategies that help us to recognize negative and distorted thinking patterns that lead to a downward spiral of pessimism. They reveal that a combination of medication and therapy has been shown to be the most effective treatment for mild depression, with an impressive 85% of patients experiencing full relief. They discuss when you should seek help from a therapist and what kinds of therapy seem the most effective (therapies that focus on the here and now seem to work best); outline the safer new antidepressants that are helpful for both mild and severe depressions, detailing each drug's strength and weakness; and examine alternative therapies, including stress management (meditation, relaxation, massage, biofeedback), physical exercise, acupuncture, supplements, and other mind/body therapies. Finally, they provide in-depth discussions of mild depression in children, adolescents, college students, and elderly parents, as well as those with chronic stress. Throughout, the authors use boxed text and charts to make the key ideas immediately accessible and easy to use.
Beating the Blues is an inspiring and empowering book, filled with the information and encouragement you need to turn your life around and begin to feel renewed pleasure and joy.

Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
ISBN: 9780195159189
Branch Call Number: 616.8527 T329b
Characteristics: xi, 192 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lang, Susan S.


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