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Tough Topics to Discuss

This guide offers resources for topics that may be difficult to discuss. It includes books, ebooks, videos, college resources and community links.

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Ebooks available to read online:

Depression 101

Depression 101

Depression is among the most prevalent psychiatric conditions, yet it remains challenging to understand and treat. Depression 101 provides a reader-friendly overview of unipolar and bilpolar depression and provides the most current and intriguing scientific knowledge on this topic

Depression FAQs

Depression FAQs

This book is intended as a starting point for anyone who wishes to understand depression and the profound suffering it brings to depressed patients, their families, and loved ones. Descriptions of symptoms, causes, available treatments and antidepressant medications, along with concrete suggestions on how you can help depressed patients to get well.

Depression In Later Life

Depression In Later Life

Winner of the 2006 BMA Book Award for Health care for the Elderly, this accessible book provides a guide to identifying, treating and preventing depression in later life. The authors take a multidisciplinary approach and employ both medical and psycho-social models of depression. The medical model is used to identify symptoms, make diagnoses and work towards optimal treatment. Psycho-social perspectives provide insight into the scale and complexity of depression.

The Depression Helpbook

The Depression Helpbook

 

This book defines depression and discusses how to reverse the downward spiral of depression, make your own decision about treatment, how to work with your doctor, what you should know about antidepressants and psycho plus how depression effects your body,and health. 

Depression, the Mood Disease

Depression, the Mood Disease

The author explains depression - its causes and symptoms, and its treatment. He discusses depression in all age groups and in both sexes, as well as bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorders, and depression that accompanies illness. This edition encompasses more than a decade of new research, advances in pharmacology, and changes in public perception.

Books available at Evelyn S. Field Library

Books on depression can be found in the library collection upstairs in the following sections:
RC537  This section is focused on treatment and wellness.
BF575  This section focuses on self-help methods for pursuing happiness.
 
Breaking Free From Depression

Breaking Free From Depression

This book presents simple yet powerful depression-fighting strategies that sufferers can try on their own written by an experienced.pychiatrist along with a family physician. .Aided by helpful worksheets, quizzes, and stories, readers learn ways to break the cycle of negative thinking, restore energy and a sense of well-being, strengthen relationships, and make informed decisions about medications.  

Is It Me or Is It My Meds

Is It Me or Is It My Meds

Millions of people in the U.S. routinely use anti-depressant meds.  This book examines if these meds are curing depression or if their popularity is a sign of how we now inappropriately redefine normal life problems as diseases.  It also examines if they are prescribed too often or too seldom and how they affect self-images

Depression: The Mood Disease

Depression: The Mood Disease

This book explains depression - its causes and symptoms, and its treatment. The author discusses depression in all age groups and in both sexes, as well as bipolar disorder, seasonal affective disorders, and depression that accompanies illness.

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me, a Graphic Memoir

Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me, a Graphic Memoir

Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Ellen Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic but terrified that medications would cause her to lose her creativity and livelihood, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability without losing herself or her passion. Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the "crazy artist," Ellen found inspiration from the lives and work of other artist and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath.

Understanding and Treating Depression: ways to find hope and help

Understanding and Treating Depression: ways to find hope and help

This book offers a one-stop source that explains the history, increasing incidence, diagnosis, costs, treatment, and many faces of depression across ages, gender, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic group, and sexual identity. Every chapter includes vignettes and interviews to illustrate the topic and main points. Treatment approaches and success rates are discussed, as are the meanings and myths applied to this common disorder. Current and emerging research, and treatments on the horizon, are also spotlighted.

The Mindful Way Through Depression: freeing yourself from chronic unhapiness

The Mindful Way Through Depression: freeing yourself from chronic unhapiness

Drawing on the collective wisdom of four mindfulness experts, this volume offers effective relief from the most prevalent psychological disorder: clinical depression.

Depression: self-consciousness, pretending and guilt.

Depression: self-consciousness, pretending and guilt.

Most studies of depression focus on psychiatric or medical interpretations but this author asserts that sadness and guilt are human experiences and not disease symptoms. They involve intricate layers of enacting a style for others, of coping with moral crises, and of enduring disappointment. The author examines the experience of depression and probes its personal, social, and moral meanings. He seeks to demystify the common misperceptions of "depression as disease" and, therefore, "depression as dysfunction."

A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania and Other Afflictions of the Self

A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania and Other Afflictions of the Self

This book explores the human experience of manic-depressive illness, rediscovering the human being within the diagnosis. Further the author discusses the idea that the primary goal of treatment, using a combination of psychopharmacology and talk therapy, is to restore to the patient a new understanding of and healthy mastery over mood disorders, a recovery of the self.