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Depression (The Facts)


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Preface Part 1 Symptoms of depression 1: Sorrow and natural despondency 2: Mood disorders 3: Seasonal depressions 4: Depression in childhood and adolescence 5: Women, men, and depression 6: The elderly and depression 7: Physical illness, pain, symptoms, and depression 8: Substance abuse and depression 9: Eating disturbances and depression 10: Anxiety and depression 11: Sleep and depression Part 2 Causes of depression 12: Biological theories on the causes of depression 13: Psychological theories of depression 14: Nature or nurture: what matters most? Part 3 Treatment of depression 15: When to see a doctor and subsequent treatment 16: Treatment with antidepressant medication 17: Sexuality, depression, and antidepressant medication 18: Electroconvulsive therapy and light therapy 19: Psychological forms of treatment 20: Advice to family members 21: Self-help in depression 22: Suicide and depression: when zest for life is gone

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Winner, BMA Board of Science Award for the Public Understanding of Science, BMA Medical Book Awards 2012

About the Author

Danuta Wasserman is a specialist in general psychiatry and has a psychotherapeutic training. She is an active member of several professional organizations. On a national and Nordic level, Danuta Wasserman has built up the National Centre for the Prevention of Mental Ill-Health and Suicide (NASP) and a strong Nordic research network on the prevention of mental disorders. She has the first Professorship in Europe in Psychiatry and Suicidology, established in 1995 at the Karolinska Institutet. Professor Wasserman received several significant Research Awards, such as the Stengel Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention, for outstanding contributions in the field of suicide research and prevention; Distinguished Research Award: from the American Foundation for Suicide Research; Hans-Rost-Prize, German Association for Suicide Prevention; and the Nordic Public Health Prize by the Nordic Council of Ministers of Health.


Written and laid out in a simple-to-read fashion, the book avoids medical terminology and statistics. Intended primarily for laypersons, the book provides concise but simple to understand information about depression. It draws on the knowledge gained from biological and psychosocial research as well as the extensive clinical experience of the author. * Doody's Review *

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