The American Medical Association Essential Guide to Depression

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 1, 1998 - Family & Relationships - 238 pages
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In clear, nontechnical language, the American Medical Association explains the latest findings on depression, the complex mood disorder that affects nearly 17 million Americans each year. Distinguishing depression from the everyday "blues," this comprehensive guide provides solid, detailed answers to such questions as:
  • What is depression? Characteristics and symptoms of depressive illnesses are fully explained, including major depression, bipolar or manic depression, dysthymia, seasonal affective disorder, and more
  • Who is at risk for depression? Age, gender and personality factors are discussed, as well as physiological, genetic, emotional, and environmental causes
  • What are the latest treatment options? The full spectrum of prescription medications is profiled, as well as the wide range of psychotherapeutic and complementary approaches
  • Who can treat depressive illness? A section on medical and mental health professionals and their qualifications provides guidelines for choosing the best care
  • How can I help a loved one? Here is expert advice on how to encourage a family member to seek help; handle destructive or suicidal behavior; know when hospitalization is needed; recognize depression in children and older people; and much more.

With a listing of mental health organizations and resources and a glossary of medical terms, the American Medical Association Essential Guide to Depression presents all the information you need to help yourself or others manage this serious but highly treatable illness.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD
1
TYPES OF DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS
21
MAJOR CAUSES OF DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS
58
OTHER CAUSES OF DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS
100
GETTING HELP FOR DEPRESSION
116
TREATMENTS FOR DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS
145
HELPING A LOVED ONE WITH DEPRESSION
191
RESOURCES
209
INDEX
229
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The American Medical Association is the nation's largest organization of physicians. Its health-care books for consumers are widely acclaimed for their medical accuracy and sound, practical recommendations.

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