Ask the doctor: depression
Of all the world's sicknesses, depression is probably the least understood. "Snap out of it!" sufferers hear constantly. "What's wrong with you? What are you depressed about?" Many who are truly depressed find themselves trying to cover up their symptoms simply to avoid such reprisals. In the Ask the Doctor series can help. In it, Dr. Vincent Friedewald takes a long look at depression, its symptoms, what causes it, and what you can do about it. Learn the difference between mood problems and genuine depression, and how to read warning signs such as sleep abnormalities, nervousness, and suicidal thoughts. Then you'll find out about chemicals, genetics, and medical solutions. It's a thorough unfolding that's sure to help you (or your loved ones) come to terms with this often debilitating illness.
In addition, you'll find easy-to-understand medical definitions and handy worksheets. With them, you can size up your own depression challenges and determine whether you need a psychiatrist or a new exercise regime, what drugs you should avoid, and how to employ self-talk to get back on track.
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