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Port Washington News - 9/6/2017


Depression, the Mood Disease

by Dr. Francis Mondimore

"The books of Francis Mondimore, a professor at Johns Hopkins, are all very good," McInniss says. Mondimore has written several books on bipolar disorder and depression. "They are great, matter-of-fact and practical discussions of mood disorders and very useful for the newly diagnosed and their families."

Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression

by Nell Casey

"My favorite depression book, a series of short stories that portray depression," McInniss says. Sometimes, fiction can portray and explain depression more clearly than it is possible with nonfiction, and fiction fans may prefer this to more journalistic endeavors.

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

by Andrew Solomon

"This is the most accurate and vivid description of depression that I have ever read," says Dr. Srijan Sen, professor of depression and neurosciences in the department of psychiatry at the University of Michigan. "People who struggle with depression often report that depression ?feels' qualitatively different than sadness, that somehow you can tell when a medication stops working, and that in a suicidal state, everything can seem hopeless even if your life seems fine to someone looking at you from the outside. Because of his own experience and his facility with words and analogy, Andrew Solomon is able to articulate how those experiences feel in such a way that they are understandable to those who have not suffered through the experiences themselves."

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The Disappearing Girl: Learning the Language of Teenage Depression

by Dr. Lisa Machoian

"This is a good book for individuals interested in shedding more light on the teenage girl's experience ence of depression," says Rebecca Schwartz-Mette, assistant professor of psychology and director of the Peer Relations Lab at the University of Maine. "It is educational but also instructive, giving good tips for how to help teen girls in particular prevent and combat depressive symptoms. It's based in scientific research but written for a lay audience. Likely good for parents, educators or other concerned caregivers."

The Mindful Way Through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness

by Mark Williams, John Teasdale, Zindel Segal and Jon Kabat-Zinn

"I love this book," Schwartz-Mette says. "I think it represents a simple, accessible and gentle approach to dealing with depression. In a world where we tell people-including ourselves-just to ?snap out of it' and where we want a quick fix, this book describes a mindfulness-based approach to coping with depressive thinking that can, over time, help to prevent future struggles with depression. I'd recommend this to individuals who might be drawn to Eastern philosophy and who may be dealing with lower-grade, chronic depressive symptoms. This book is really aimed for adults dealing with their own depression.


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