Beating the Blues: New Approaches to Overcoming Dysthymia and Chronic Mild Depression

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, Jan 15, 2004 - Self-Help - 208 pages
0 Reviews
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, they can do something about it. Persistent mild depression, which afflicts up to 35 million Americans, can be readily and permanently cured. In Beating the Blues, Thase and Lang show how chronic mild depression can be relieved by learning strategies that help sufferers to recognize and change 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. Thase and Lang also discuss when a person should seek help from a therapist and what kinds of therapy seem the most effective. They 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, 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. Beating the Blues is an inspiring and empowering book, offering everything a person needs to know in order to overcome mild depression.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

What Is Dysthymia?
3
The Spectrum of Dysthymia and Depression
14
How Dysthymia Is Diagnosed
30
Who Gets Dysthymia and Why Causes and Risk Factors
41
HOW TO FEEL BETTER
55
The Psychology of Feeling Good
57
Psychotherapy
87
Medications
98
SPECIAL CONCERNS OF VARIOUS POPULATIONS
139
Dysthymia in Children Adolescents and Young Adults
141
Gender and Dysthymia
147
Dysthymia and Aging
154
Putting It All Together
161
Daily Symptom Log
165
Commonly Used Antidepressants for Dysthymia
166
Resources Organizations Web Sites Discussion Groups etc
168

Exercise and Nutrition
112
Herbal and Other Types of Supplements
118
Supplemental Strategies
128
REFERENCES
175
INDEX
185
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2004)

Michael E. Thase M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Director of the Mood Disorders Module at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also Chief of the Division of Adult Academic Psychiatry and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, in Pittsburgh. Susan S. Lang is an award-winning Senior Science Writer at Cornell University and author of 11 other books and hundreds of magazine articles on health and psychology.

Bibliographic information