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ISBN 9781606239193
Published December 18, 2011 by Guilford Press
372 Pages

 
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When it comes to treating depression, one size definitely doesn't fit all. How do you find the science-based treatment that will work for you? What can you do to restore the fighting spirit and motivation that are so essential for overcoming this illness? Leading psychiatrist-researcher Jesse Wright and his daughter, Laura McCray, a family physician, have helped many thousands of depressed patients discover effective pathways to wellness. Here they describe powerful treatment tools and present a flexible menu of self-help strategies you can try today or turn to in the future. Dozens of reproducible worksheets and forms are included for you to complete in the book or download and print for repeated use. Learn proven ways to break the cycle of negative thinking, restore energy and a sense of well-being, strengthen your relationships, and make informed decisions about medications. You can beat depression and keep your life headed in a positive direction. This book shows how.

Table of Contents

Preface
Authors' Note
1. Getting Started
2. Medical Illness and Depression
3. Paths to Depression: Paths to Wellness
I. The Thoughts–Action Path
4. Fighting Negative Thinking
5. Restoring Energy and Enjoying Life
6. Building Self-Esteem and Using Strengths
7. Enhancing Well-Being
II. The Biology Path
8. Getting the Most from Antidepressants
III. The Relationship Path
9. The People in Your Life: How Relationships Can Influence Recovery from Depression
10. Managing Relationship Problems to Improve Depression
IV. The Lifestyle Path
11. Lifestyle Changes
V. The Spiritual Path
12. Using Spiritual Resources
VI. The Mindfulness Path
13. Mindfulness
14. Developing a Plan and Making It Stick
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Biography

Jesse H. Wright, MD, PhD, is Kolb Endowed Chair of Outpatient Psychiatry and Director of the Depression Center at the University of Louisville. A well-known authority on depression and cognitive-behavior therapy, he is the author of award-winning books for both the general public and professionals. Dr. Wright was Founding President of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and received the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from the University of Louisville.

 
Laura W. McCray, MD, practices family medicine in Burlington, Vermont, with a focus on mental health in primary care. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Vermont. A recipient of four Family Medicine Teaching Awards from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Vermont, Dr. McCray lives in rural Vermont with her husband and young son. She is very pleased to be collaborating with her father on this book.

Reviews

"This valuable book provides clear pathways for overcoming depression. It can be helpful to anybody experiencing depression, whether mild or severe. The authors are both experts in the field."--Aaron T. Beck, MD, developer of cognitive therapy

"A 'must-have' for finding a way through the pain of depression. Drs. Wright and McCray draw on their skill and wisdom to provide a comprehensive map. You'll learn about different types of depression, how to find the treatment approach that fits best, and how to integrate it seamlessly into daily life. This book provides just what you need to move forward with hope."--Mark Williams, PhD, coauthor of The Mindful Way through Depression 

"An accessible guide for individuals who are struggling to understand depression....Provides important information to those directly and indirectly affected by the confusing and painful symptoms of depressive illness."--Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, author of An Unquiet Mind and Nothing Was the Same

"This invaluable guide, written by a psychiatrist and a family doctor, is unique in its balanced coverage of psychotherapy, medication, and other treatments for depression. It is clearly written and chock-full of tips and resources. If you suffer from depression, this is the best single book I've seen for you and your family."--Michael E. Thase, MD, coauthor of Beating the Blues 

"Drs. Wright and McCray have done something remarkable, even unprecedented. They have taken all of the best self-management strategies for depression and translated them into materials you can use to support your own recovery. This is the first resource of its kind--and it can help you deal successfully with depression."--Frank Verloin deGruy III, MD, Chair, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

"Wright and McCray have compiled a wealth of information about depression--its causes, treatment, and how sufferers can contribute to their own recovery. Drawing on elements of all the proven treatments for depression, the book provides clear guidance and practical steps for those experiencing depression as well as their friends and family members. Because the book is organized in relatively brief but cohesive chapters, readers really can take the one-step-at-a-time approach to resolving depression that Wright and McCray recommend."--Ellen Frank, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

"This book gave me hope, understanding, and just the right kind of practical help that I need. I really like how it integrates multiple strategies to combat depression."--T. H.

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