We all experience unhappiness—but for some, sadness, stress, and negative thoughts can become a regular part of our lives, no matter how good things may be going. There is a place between basic sadness and diagnosed clinical depression called 'almost depression'.
Through engaging stories along with their professional experience, Jefferson B. Prince, M.D. and Shelly Carson, Ph.D. outline the symptoms of depression, the role that stress plays in depression, as well as many of the physical conditions that can mimic depression. Then, based on the latest clinical research, they offer step-by-step guidance for making positive changes to help alleviate and reverse 'almost depression'. Through this insightful and informative book, you will:
Assess whether your or a loved one's unhappiness is a problem
Gain insight on how to intervene with a struggling loved one
Discover proven strategies to change unhealthy feelings of sadness
Gage the physical, psychological, and social impact of your symptoms
Determine when and how to get professional help when needed
There are many pathways that can lead you out of almost depression toward brighter days ahead. 'Almost Depressed' will show you the way.
Feeling blue and anxious are natural reactions to life’s problems and disappointments. For a number of people, however, a low “gray” feeling—often accompanied by a pervasive sense of dread or worry—marks most of their days. Most function okay at work and in their relationships, but with a feeling of just “getting by.” Many have sought help for vague physical complaints and life problems, but because they don’t clearly meet the diagnostic criteria for major depression, they receive inadequate treatment or none at all.
After seeing many clients experiencing these issues, Dr. Jefferson Prince began to develop a model for assessing and treating those who are almost depressed. In this groundbreaking book, readers will learn how to
• recognize the difference between normal sadness and worry and being almost depressed;
• identify and change negative thought patterns that feed negative feelings;
• develop positive communication skills that make for more rewarding and supportive relationships;
• face the stress and challenges of everyday life with less anxiety; and
• know when professional help is needed and how to find it.
Jefferson Prince, M.D., is an instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, the director of Child Psychiatry for North Shore Medical Center, and a staff member at the Child Psychiatry and Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinics at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the recipient of many awards including the Laughlin Fellowship.
About the Authors:
Jefferson B. Prince, MD is child psychiatrist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and is a staff member of the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Shelley Carson, PhD is a Harvard research psychologist and lecturer, whose research focuses on the interface between psychopathology, creativity, and resilience.