When it comes to treating depression, one size definitely doesn't fit all. How do you find the science-based treatment that will work for you? What can you do to restore the fighting spirit and motivation that are so essential for overcoming this illness? Leading psychiatrist-researcher Jesse Wright and his daughter, Laura McCray, a family physician, have helped many thousands of depressed patients discover effective pathways to wellness. Here they describe powerful treatment tools and present a flexible menu of self-help strategies you can try today or turn to in the future. Dozens of reproducible worksheets and forms are included for you to complete in the book or download and print for repeated use. Learn proven ways to break the cycle of negative thinking, restore energy and a sense of well-being, strengthen your relationships, and make informed decisions about medications. You can beat depression and keep your life headed in a positive direction. This book shows how.
Jesse H. Wright, MD, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Depression Center at the University of Louisville. A well-known authority on depression and cognitive-behavior therapy, he is the author of award-winning books for both the general public and professionals. Dr. Wright was Founding President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists, and received the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from the University of Louisville. Laura W. McCray, MD, practices family medicine in Burlington, Vermont, with a focus on mental health in primary care. She is Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Associate Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Vermont. A recipient of four Family Medicine Teaching Awards from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Vermont, Dr. McCray lives in rural Vermont with her husband and young son. She is very pleased to be collaborating with her father on this book.
PrefaceAuthors' Note1. Getting Started2. Medical Illness and Depression 3. Paths to Depression: Paths to WellnessI. The Thoughts-Action Path4. Fighting Negative Thinking5. Restoring Energy and Enjoying Life6. Building Self-Esteem and Using Strengths7. Enhancing Well-BeingII. The Biology Path8. Getting the Most from AntidepressantsIII. The Relationship Path9. The People in Your Life: How Relationships Can Influence Recovery from Depression10. Managing Relationship Problems to Improve DepressionIV. The Lifestyle Path11. Lifestyle ChangesV. The Spiritual Path12. Using Spiritual ResourcesVI. The Mindfulness Path13. Mindfulness14. Developing a Plan and Making It StickResources