Zetin, Hoepner, and Kurth explain the causes of depression, how to recognize and diagnose the different iterations of depression, and the wide variety of psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological treatment options available. Even more important, they show patients how to best work with their clinicians and clinicians how to best help their patients.
The book is liberally sprinkled with case discussions, which demystify the treatment protocols and show the various ways that clients respond to treatment. In this book, medical professionals have a go-to desk reference for their questions about depression, and consumers have a friendly, accessible introduction to an otherwise intimidating disorder.
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“Challenging Depression is a marvelous book, written by three clinicians who clearly understand depression. They begin, continue and end with the patient, the subject expert on this vitiating illness. The authors know and show that we are all fellow students in mastering depression.”—John Greist, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
“This book by Zetin and colleagues is terrific: a great combination of comprehensive information yet utterly accessible in a way that educates readers, whether they are mental health professionals or laypersons interested in learning more about depression. A fine addition to the literature about a common and destructive psychiatric disorder.” —Michael Gitlin, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, and Medical Director, Neuropsychiatric and Behavioral Health Services, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
1. Knowing the Enemy: The Faces of Depression • 2. Diagnosing the Enemy: Why Careful Differential Diagnosis is Important • 3. Understanding the Enemy: Theories of What Causes Depression • 4. What is “Me” and What is “Illness?” Personality Versus Mood Disorder • 5. Staying Alive: Dealing with Suicidal Thoughts and Impulses • 6. Finding Treatment and Paying for It: Dealing With the Healthcare System and Insurance • 7. Facilitating the Collaboration Between Patient and Clinician • 8. Psychotherapy is More than Talking to a Nice Person: Specifi c Approaches to Dealing with Depression • 9. Choosing an Antidepressant for Major Depressive Disorder: Getting to Know the Drug Families • 10. Evaluating the Success or Failure of Pharmacotherapy • 11. My Antidepressant Isn’t Working. What Now? Sophisticated Approaches to Augmenting, Combining, and Switching Medicines • 12. Bipolar Depression Requires Different Approaches • 13. Child and Adolescent Depression • 14. Extreme Measures: Brain Stimulation, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Vagus Nerve Stimulation, and Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation • 15. Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Herbs and Supplements • 16. Living a Healthy Life While Living with a Psychiatric Illness • 17. Learning More: Books and Web Sites
About the Authors:
Mark Zetin, MD, is a clinician in private practice and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Cara Hoepner, RN, MS, CNS, NP, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
Jennifer Lynn Kurth, DO, is a psychiatric
consultant and private practitioner.