As a physician who personally suffers from depression, Susan J. Noonan draws on her own expertise and empathy to create a guide for people who suffer from the disease. Explaining the basics of mental health—including sleep hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, routine and structure, and avoiding isolation—Managing Your Depression empowers people to participate in their own care, offering them a better chance of getting, and staying, well. Noonan's depression management strategies draw on the best available educational resources, psychoeducational programs, seminars, expert health care providers, and patient experiences.
The book is specifically designed to be highly readable for people who are finding it difficult to focus and concentrate during an episode of depression. Cognitive exercises and daily worksheets help track progress and response to therapy and provide valuable information for making treatment decisions. A relapsing and remitting condition, depression affects nearly 15 percent of people in the United States. Managing Your Depression will bring depression management strategies to people who do not have access to mental health programs or who want to learn new skills.
"This practical and compassionate handbook is perfectly suited to individuals living with depression: in accessible language, it offers firm, specific advice and quick cognitive tests and self-assessment metrics that even those in the deepest of doldrums will find helpful and relevant... Noonan's is a valuable volume for those suffering from depression, as well as for loved ones who are fighting the fight by their side."—Publishers Weekly
"This is a lovely book. Compassionate, personal, concise, insightful—sure to be helpful to those who suffer from mood disorders."—Francis M. Mondimore, M.D., The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Susan J. Noonan, M.D., M.P.H., is a board certified physician who currently works as a consultant to Massachusetts General Hospital and CliGnosis, Inc. Timothy Petersen, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Jonathan Alpert, M.D., Ph.D., and Andrew Nierenberg, M.D., are psychiatrists.