Undoing Depression

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-01-07
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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Like heart disease, says psychotherapist Richard O'Connor, depression is fueled by complex and interrelated factors: genetic, biochemical, environmental. In this refreshingly sensible book, O'Connor focuses on an additional factor often overlooked: our own habits. Unwittingly we get good at depression. We learn how to hide it, how to work around it. We may even achieve great things, but with constant struggle rather than satisfaction. Relying on these methods to make it through each day, we deprive ourselves of true recovery, of deep joy and healthy emotion. UNDOING DEPRESSION teaches us how to replace depressive patterns with a new and more effective set of skills. We already know how to "do" depression-and we can learn how to undo it. With a truly holistic approach that synthesizes the best of the many schools of thought about this painful disease, O'Connor offers new hope-and new life-for sufferers of depression.

Author Biography

Richard O'Connor is the author of four books, Undoing Depression,Active Treatment of Depression, Undoing Perpetual Stress, and Happy At Last. For fourteen years he was executive director of the NorthwestCenter for Family Service and Mental Health, overseeing the treatment of almost a thousand patients per year. He is a practicing psychotherapist, with offices in Canaan, Connecticut, and New York City, and he lives with his family in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. VII
Author's Notep. IX
Introductionp. 3
What We Know About Depressionp. 11
Understanding Depressionp. 13
The Experience of Depressionp. 27
Diagnosing Depressionp. 38
Explaining Depressionp. 60
Learning New Skillsp. 75
The World of Depressionp. 77
Emotionsp. 84
Behaviorp. 102
Thinkingp. 124
Stress and Depressionp. 138
Relationshipsp. 157
The Bodyp. 171
The Selfp. 185
Treating Depression Medicallyp. 197
Psychotherapy, Self-Help, and Other Means to Recoveryp. 220
Putting the Skills to Workp. 233
Work and a Sense of Purposep. 235
Living, Together and Apartp. 253
Children and Adolescentsp. 274
Communityp. 295
A New Synthesisp. 305
The Rest of the Storyp. 307
A Program for Recoveryp. 312
Beyond Recoveryp. 324
Appendix: Organizations Promoting Recoveryp. 337
Recommended Readingp. 339
Acknowledgmentsp. 345
Notesp. 347
Indexp. 367
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