argues that the prevalence of depression today results from the frenetic pace of modern life. A constant sense of being overwhelmed, fatigued, and stretched to the limit leads us to feelings of hopelessness and a lack of interest in normally pleasurable activities-the principal signs of depression. By using the HeartMath(r) techniques, readers will be able to tap into new reserves of energy and creativity and will find new ways to connect with the people in their lives. As a result, feelings of depression will lessen and dramatic change will take place for better health in mind and body.
According to OConnor, depression is fueled by complex and interrelated factors: genetic, biochemical, and environmental. This book focuses on an additional, often overlooked factor: our own habits. Unwittingly, we get good at depression. We learn how to hide it, how to work around it, and we make it through each day, we deprive ourselves of true recovery, of deep joy and healthy emotion, of the feeling of being alive in the world. This book teaches us how to replace depressive patterns of thinking, relation, and behaving 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, OConnor offers new hope for depressives.
More than 20 million Americans will suffer an episode of depression or mania during their lifetimes, and one in five American families will feel its impact directly. For these families, Overcoming Depression is the essential resource. Since its first publication in 1987, it has become the book most often recommended by doctors to their depressed patients because it clearly and sympathetically presents state-of-the-art medical information and the solid, practical advice that patients and their families need to participate actively in diagnosis and treatment. Now featuring all-new data on the latest drugs, research, treatment, and medical insurance, it also includes a frank discussion of psychiatric therapy in the era of managed care.
A guide to depression management that offers a range of long-term and short-term strategies to help sufferers cope with their ailment, explaining how to identify and eliminate emotional bad habits that can prolong and intensify depression.
A personal account of suicide prevention offers excellent practical advice to “teach you how to get through those excruciating moments when every cell in your brain and body is screaming, `I want to die!’ ” Approaching “suicidal thoughts” as an addiction, Blauner clearly explains how some people’s “brain style” responds to environmental stresses or “triggers” with obsessive suicidal thoughts rather than cravings for alcohol or other drugs. Blauner provides others like herself with “Tricks of the Trade” that can literally save lives. With neither hollow platitudes nor medical doublespeak, she covers brain function, antidepressants, finding a good therapist, identifying triggers, creating a “Crisis Plan” for critical moments and heading off suicidal thoughts by coping with hunger, anger, loneliness and fatigue.