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Almost Depressed: Is My (or My Loved One's) Unhappiness a Problem? (Almost Effect)by Jefferson Prince
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We all experience unhappiness—but for some of us, sadness, stress, and negative thoughts can become a regular part of our lives, no matter how well things may be going. There is a place between ordinary sadness and diagnosed clinical depression called almost depression.”
Through engaging case studies told with professional insight, Jefferson Prince, MD, and Shelley Carson, PhD, outline the symptoms of depression, the role that stress plays, and many of the physical conditions that can mimic depression. Then, drawing from the latest clinical research, they offer step-by-step guidance for making positive changes to help alleviate and reverse almost depression.” Through this informative book, you will
assess whether your or a loved ones unhappiness is a problem
gain insight on how to intervene with a struggling loved one
discover proven strategies to change unhealthy feelings of sadness
gauge the physical, psychological, and social impact of your symptoms
determine when and how to get professional help if needed
Many pathways can lead you out of almost depression” toward brighter days ahead. Almost Depressed will show you the way.
Feeling blue and anxious are natural reactions to lifes problems and disappointments. For a number of people, however, a low gray” feeling—often accompanied by a pervasive sense of dread or worry—marks most of their days. Most function okay at work and in their relationships, but with a feeling of just getting by.” Many have sought help for vague physical complaints and life problems, but because they dont clearly meet the diagnostic criteria for major depression, they receive inadequate treatment or none at all.
After seeing many clients experiencing these issues, Dr. Jefferson Prince began to develop a model for assessing and treating those who are almost depressed. In this groundbreaking book, readers will learn how to
recognize the difference between normal sadness and worry and being almost depressed;
identify and change negative thought patterns that feed negative feelings;
develop positive communication skills that make for more rewarding and supportive relationships;
face the stress and challenges of everyday life with less anxiety; and
know when professional help is needed and how to find it.
It is only human to worry about problems in our lives - but for some, obsessing for weeks and months, avoiding social events and situations due to feelings of panic can become a regular part of our lives. If any of these describe you or a loved one, then you or they may be almost anxious.
Those of us who are almost anxious may never address the issue because we dont fully meet the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder. In Almost Anxious, Luana Marques, Ph.D., describes the spectrum of almost anxiety symptoms, from normal situational anxiety on one end to a full-blown diagnosable anxiety disorder on the other. Drawing on case studies and the latest research, she gives you the tools to:
Assess whether your or a loved ones worry is a problem
Gain insight on how to intervene with a loved one
Discover proven strategies to change unhealthy feelings of distress
Gage the physical, psychological, and social impact of your anxiety symptoms
Determine when and how to get professional help when needed
About the Author
Jefferson Prince, M.D., is an instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, the director of Child Psychiatry for North Shore Medical Center, and a staff member at the Child Psychiatry and Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinics at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the recipient of many awards including the Laughlin Fellowship.
Table of Contents
List of Tables and Figures
Series Foreword: The Almost Effect
Part One - The Grays: More than Just "the Blues"
Chapter 1: What is Almost Depression?
Chapter 2: Understanding the Depression Continuum
Chapter 3: Almost Depression and the Role of Stress
Chapter 4: Almost Depression Or Something Else?
Part Two - Moving from the Grays to Bright
Taking the Behavioral Pathway
Chapter 5: Enhancing Your Mood through Movement
Chapter 6: Improving Your Mood through Meaning-Based Action
Chapter 7: Improving Your Mood through Creative Activity
Chapter 8: Improving Your Mood by Reducing Stress
Taking the Psychological Pathway
Chapter 9: Challenging and Reframing Your Depressive Thoughts
Chapter 10: Improving Your Mood by Applying Mindfulness Strategies
Chapter 11: Using Mindfulness to Diminish Shame and Foster Self-Acceptance
Taking the Social Pathway
Chapter 12: Increasing Your Social Engagement and Support
Chapter 13: Improving Your Social Skills
Taking the Biological Pathway
Chapter 14: Improving Your Sleep and Diet
Chapter 15: When You Need More: Drugs, Supplements, Light
Chapter 16: Stepping into the Light: Increasing Your Positive Emotion
Appendix A: DSM Disorders on the Depression Continuum
Appendix B: The Biology of Stress
Appendix C: Negative Thinking Patterns Associated with Depression
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