Undoing Depression: What Therapy Doesn't Teach You and Medication Can't Give You

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Little, Brown, Jan 7, 2010 - Psychology - 384 pages
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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.
 

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A most have for anyone with Depressive Disorders or the caregiver of someone diagnosed with a Depressive Disorder. I will be relying on this book quite frequently. Read full review

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This book was a practical help to me. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is dealing with depression. I have given a few copies away to friends and never get them back so I was happy to find one on Overstock.com. Read full review

Contents

12
The Importance of Boundaries
Play
Taking Care of the Self
13
Whats Good about Medication
Medications for Bipolar Disorders
Who Prescribes What?

Major Depression
Dysthymic Disorder
Depressive Disorder Not Otherwise Specified DDNOS
Bipolar Disorder
Depression Anxiety and Stress
Other Types of Depression
4
The Disease That Causes Itself
The Vicious Circle
Trauma Stress and Depression
Part 2
5
6
Learning to Feel
Anger
Joy and Pride
Learning to Express
7
Selfdestructive Behavior
Two Faces of Depression
Willpower
Depression Alcohol and Drugs
Learning to Relax
8
Pessimism and Optimism
Identifying and Challenging Beliefs
Depressive Realism
9
The Inner Critic
Mindfulness
Detachment
10
Metacommunication
Assertive Communication
Ambiguous Communication
Projection and Projective Identification
11
Somatization
Gender Differences in Depression
Preventive Maintenance
The Dark Side of Medication
ECT and Other Brainbased Interventions
Nonmedical Treatments
14
MindfulnessBased Therapy for Depression
Selfhelp
Family Support
Part 3
15
Making Work Rewarding
When Work Isnt Pleasant at All
Goals and Purpose
Organizing Yourself
16
The Single Life
Love Marriage and Depression
Relationships Under Stress
Divorce
17
Depression in Children
Adolescents
Depressed Parents Depressed Children
Pursuing Your Child into Adolescence
Teach Responsibility by Example
Keep Perspective
18
The Risk of Caring
A Time of Hope and Peril
Part 4
19
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21
Maturity and Wisdom
A Creative Life
Organizations Promoting Recovery
Recommended Reading
Acknowledgments
Notes
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