Beating Depression: The Journey to Hope

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-05-20
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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Offers new hope to the more than 17 million Americans who suffer from depressionWritten by nationally recognized experts in the field,Beating Depressionarms sufferers and their families with the knowledge and tools they need to recognize depression and make informed choices about its treatment and management. The authors explore the latest findings on the causes of depression and the treatments currently available, including medications and psychotherapeutic approaches. Readers get checklists, quizzes, and other powerful self-assessment tools to help determine if they are actually suffering from depression and to what clinical degree. And they get expert guidance on how to find help and work with physicians and mental health professionals to develop a treatment plan and to cope with problems that can arise during treatment.

Author Biography

Maga E. Jackson-Triche, M.D., M.P.H., is on the faculty of the UCLA School of Medicine. She is also a member of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute's Health Services Research Center. Dr. Jackson-Triche and her coauthors participated in a landmark depression treatment study funded by the prestigious RAND Institute.

Kenneth B. Wells, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine, director of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute's Health Services Research Center, and a senior scientist at RAND.

Katherine Minnium is a research manager and public relations director for the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute's Health Services Research Center.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Letter to the Reader xiii
Just the ``Blues,'' or Something More Serious?
What is Depression and What Causes it?
I Think I'm Clinically Depressed. What are my Options?
Getting the Best Care
Ten Things I Can do to Help Myself
Coping with Special Issues
Living with Depression
Putting it all Together: Staying Well
Endnotes 157(4)
References 161(12)
Glossary 173(4)
Depression Resources---This section lists national patient, family, and professional organizations for depression 177(6)
Appendix Depression Toolkit---This section gives sample sheets for patients to complete and discuss with clinician 183(14)
Index 197

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