Understanding and Treating Depression: Ways to Find Hope and Help

Understanding and Treating Depression: Ways to Find Hope and Help

Understanding and Treating Depression: Ways to Find Hope and Help

Understanding and Treating Depression: Ways to Find Hope and Help

Synopsis

In any given year, 10 percent of the population - or about 21 million people - suffers from a depressive disorder. Most do not seek professional help although the great majority could find relief with treatment. And that not only causes hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic costs annually from work slowdown and accidents to illnesses and suicides, the wider picture is that depression hurts not only the person at issue, but millions more who are family members or other loved ones. The problem has become so pervasive yet often ignored that a major pharmaceutical company has launched commercials focused on informing the public that depression hurts, everywhere, and can surface not only as psychological aches but also physical pains and illness. This book offers a one-stop source that explains the history, increasing incidence, diagnosis, costs, treatment, and many faces of depression across ages, gender, culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic group, and sexual identity.

Every chapter includes vignettes and interviews to illustrate the topic and main points. Treatment approaches and success rates are discussed, as are the meanings and myths applied to this common disorder. Current and emerging research, and treatments on the horizon, are also spotlighted.

Excerpt

Depression touches the lives of everyone. in addition to those who suffer from this challenging mental health condition, there are many who live or work closely with those who experience the symptoms of depression. It is a disorder that can be deadly and has been closely linked to numerous life-threatening conditions such as suicide, homicide, alcoholism, cardiovascular disease, and accidents, to name just a few. Although depression impacts all of us in one way or another, there are many myths and misconceptions about it that continue to be widely accepted by the general public as well as among many health care professionals. Furthermore, it is remarkable that, unlike much of the world, our society is fortunate to enjoy a generally very high standard of living, many modern conveniences, and outstanding state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of medical and psychological conditions, yet, depression is not only prevalent in our privileged community but is on the rise. It is especially disturbing that depression is so common among young people including children and teens.

In this book, Dr. Rudy Nydegger well articulates what is known about depression and what we can do about it. We all could benefit from Dr. Nydegger’s thoughtful, scholarly, and engaging book in order to not only better understand this challenging condition but perhaps be better able to help ourselves if we suffer from depression, or to help others with whom we live or work. Dr. Nydegger is the right person, with many years of experience, to offer this book on depression at the right time when it is so critical that we all better understand this problem. Hopefully, many will benefit from this important work. the book can . . .

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