Help Me, I'm Depressed: How to Effectively Help Your Family Members, Friends, and Colleagues Dealing with Depression

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iUniverse, Feb 1, 2005 - Self-Help - 88 pages
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Do you know someone who is suffering from depression? If someone you know is being crushed by the yoke of depression, would you recognize the symptoms? And, if they were depressed, would you know how to help them?

In Help Me, I'm Depressed, the author, a well-known expert in the field of depression, shows you how to recognize the symptoms of depression. The author guides you professionally in the approach to helping a family member, friend, or coworker with depression.

With so many people living under the cloud of depression, Help Me, I'm Depressed, offers a new and refreshing approach to helping that loved one, friend, or colleague climb out of the dark pit of depression.

Although depression is a silent disease remedies and effective steps exist. Those with depression can emerge from their dark state and experience once again the joys and happiness of life.

Inside Help Me, I'm Depressed, you will discover effective solutions and new strategies for helping someone who is undergoing depression or for dealing with your own depression.

Important life saving solutions include the answers to questions such as:

How can you differentiate between a "bad mood" and the dangerous signs of depression?
Which are the most effective solutions for those who are depressed?
How can you help stop the inevitable spiraling into deeper depression?
How does someone take back control of his or her life?
 

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I was quite disappointed in the book. It starts off with an introduction that describes living with a person who suffers from depression as a horrible thing. For lack of a better word, the introduction is depressing. The rest of the book gives some decent tips on what to say and what not to say to a person who has depression, and I found the sections with actual quotes and stories from depression sufferers to be interesting. However, it is clear that either the author did not have a proofreader, or had one of the worst proofreaders on earth. The book is full of typos and punctuation and grammatical errors. I doubt the author even read the book herself. Normally that wouldn't bother me, but there were so many errors, I found it distracted from the book's content. One other thing worth noting is that this book was written by someone with no professional background in this topic. She is a freelance writer who has had some personal experience with the subject matter. On the bright side, I only paid about $3 for this book, and it took about an hour to read, so I don't feel like I invested much into it.  

Contents

Recognizing Depression in Your Loved One
1
How to Help Your Loved One Who is Depressed
7
What to Say and Not to Say to Someone Who is Depressed
20
What To Do When Your Loved One Is Depressed
25
What To Do If Your Loved One Refuses Your Help
32
The Importance of Family and Friends to Someone Who Is Depressed
34
Taking Care Of Yourself So You Can Take Care Of Them
36
Who Is The Average Caregiver?
44
Thoughts and Concerns From Caregivers
50
How Your Loved One Feels
55
The Interview
60
Resources
70
Beyond Depression
73
About the Author
75
Back Cover
77
Copyright

Avoiding Caregiver Burnout
46

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