This recently updated guide is written for people living with depression, their families, and anyone interested in gaining a basic understanding of this illness and its treatment and management. The guide gives information on:
what depression is and how it is diagnosed
the different kinds of depression
the causes and current theories of depression
the different kinds of treatments available
frequently asked questions and concerns about medication
the process of recovery and effective relapse prevention
how family members can relate to a person with depression
how to explain depression to children.
This guide will help people with depression, along with their family and friends, to understand and navigate through the realities of depression, and the options available to them as they move toward recovery.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Christina Bartha, MSW, RSW, is the administrative director Child, Youth and Family Program, Addictions Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario.
Carol Parker, MSW, RSW, works as a clinician and educator at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) She is currently an Advance Practice Clinician on the Capacity Building Team of the Concurrent Disorders Program at CAMH.
Kate Kitchen, MSW, RSW, currently provides individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy in private practice. Kate worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) from 1997 to 2010. While at CAMH she was a clinical social worker in the Mood and Anxiety Program, as a psychotherapist, and later as an advanced practice clinician. She has co-authored several CAMH Information Guides, including Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and Anxiety Disorders.