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Helping Others with Depression

Words to Say, Things to Do

Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH

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A comprehensive guide to how family members and friends can help someone who has depression.

Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder are biologic conditions of the mind and body that affect our everyday functioning, thoughts, feelings, and actions. Often devastating to the person, mood disorders can also be overwhelming to their family and close friends, who are frequently the first to recognize the subtle changes and symptoms of depression and the ones who provide daily support. Yet many feel unsure about how to help someone through the course of this difficult and disabling…

A comprehensive guide to how family members and friends can help someone who has depression.

Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder are biologic conditions of the mind and body that affect our everyday functioning, thoughts, feelings, and actions. Often devastating to the person, mood disorders can also be overwhelming to their family and close friends, who are frequently the first to recognize the subtle changes and symptoms of depression and the ones who provide daily support. Yet many feel unsure about how to help someone through the course of this difficult and disabling illness. This book is written for them.

In Helping Others with Depression, Dr. Susan J. Noonan speaks firsthand from her perspective as a physician who has treated many patients, as a mental health Certified Peer Specialist, and as a patient with personal experience in living with the illness. Her combined professional and personal experiences have enabled her to write an evidence-based, concise, and practical guide to caring for someone who has depression or bipolar disorder, including men, women, teens, and seniors.

In this compassionate book, Dr. Noonan

• describes effective communication and support strategies to use during episodes of depression
• combines sample narratives with concrete suggestions for what to say and how to encourage and support a loved one
• offers essential advice for lifestyle interventions, finding appropriate professional help, shared decision making, and paying for treatment
• helps readers understand how to navigate difficult situations, such as a loved one refusing treatment or grappling with suicidal thoughts
• explains how caring for a person with a mood disorder creates unique challenges—and how to address those challenges
• explores how concerned loved ones can use mobile applications and other technology to help
• focuses on different populations, including teenagers, older adults, and people with substance abuse issues

She also covers ways to model resilience, explains the concept of recovery—while describing what recovery looks like—and explores how caregivers can and must care for themselves. Featuring tables, vignettes, and sidebars that convey information in an accessible way, as well as comprehensive references, resources, and a glossary, this companion volume to Dr. Noonan's patient-oriented Take Control of Your Depression is an invaluable handbook.

Praise for Other Books by Susan J. Noonan

"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."—Publisher's Weekly

"This book offers useful insight for any health professional working within mental health... It is of enormous value to the layperson, hungry for knowledge about how best to interact and help their loved one face the dreadful ravages of depression."—Nursing Times

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Helping Others with Depression is a powerful tool that we will use on a regular basis to help facilitators, families, and friends reach our mission of providing hope, help, support, and education to those living with mood disorders. The perfect companion to another favorite by Dr. Noonan: Take Control of Your Depression.

A comprehensive and highly readable guide by a physician who has suffered and overcome her own depressive illness. A 'must have' book for anyone impacted by these common disorders whether in their family, friends, or themselves.

Depression is often a lonely and frustrating journey for those who suffer; so too for those trying to help. Written beautifully with empathy, accurate information, and invaluable strategies, Helping Others with Depression provides an ideal roadmap for supporting a friend or family member during a challenging time.

Dr. Noonan has done it again with another eminently practical guide to managing serious depression, this time focusing on the role of family and friends. A comprehensive overview of signs and symptoms is followed by specific, detailed recommendations that family members can put into action to help their depressed loved one. This is a must-have book for any family dealing with serious depression and I can't recommend it highly enough. Bravo!

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10
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272
ISBN
9781421439303
Table of Contents

List of Tables
Foreword, by Maurizio Fava, MD, and Timothy J. Petersen, PhD
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. What Are Mood Disorders?
Chapter 2. Signs of Depression to Look For: Making the Diagnosis

List of Tables
Foreword, by Maurizio Fava, MD, and Timothy J. Petersen, PhD
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. What Are Mood Disorders?
Chapter 2. Signs of Depression to Look For: Making the Diagnosis
Chapter 3. Healthy Ways to Handle Mood Disorders
Chapter 4. Finding Professional Help
Chapter 5. Paying for Mental Health Treatment
Chapter 6. Challenges in Caring for Someone Who Has a Mood Disorder
Chapter 7. Support and Communication Strategies
Chapter 8. Helpful Approaches
Chapter 9. What You Can Do Now
Chapter 10. When Someone Is Suicidal
Chapter 11. Mood Disorders and Addictions
Chapter 12. For the Parents of a Teen or Young Adult and the Teens with an Affected Parent
Chapter 13. Technology in Mental Health
Chapter 14. Depression in Seniors
Chapter 15. What Recovery Looks Like
Chapter 16. Anticipating Recovery: Skills to Have in Place
Chapter 17. Caring forthe Caregivers
Chapter 18. Dos and Don'ts and Suggested Language
Conclusion
Appendix A. Medications
Appendix B. Psychiatric Advance Directive
Glossary
Resources
References
Index

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Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH
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Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH

Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH (WELLESLEY, MA), is a physician, Certified Peer Specialist, mental health and wellness coach, and consultant to Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and CliGnosis, Inc. She is the author of Take Control of Your Depression: Strategies to Help You Feel Better Now and Helping Others with Depression: Words to Say, Things...