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The Depression Helpbook by Wayne Katon, M.D., et al

This book, written by a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and primary care physicians, is directed to people with chronic or recurrent depression. It is divided into three sections: the first presents information to foster a better understanding of what depression is, how it may be treated, and what factors may contribute to it; the second offers insights into lifestyle changes and practices that may be helpful for those suffering from depression; and the third provides practical advice and sample plans for managing depression and maintaining a healthy outlook to prevent relapse. The chapters are brief and straightforward without being overly simplistic; the writing style accessible and easily understood without being condescending.

As someone for whom recurrent depression is a personal issue, I feel that I can offer a qualified opinion that this book is, indeed, a helpful guide to the self-care that is necessary for emotional well-being, as well as a resource that may help family and friends better understand how best to relate to a loved one suffering a depressive episode.

2 Comments to The Depression Helpbook by Wayne Katon, M.D., et al:

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natural depression treatments on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:49 PM
It is extremely helpful for me. Thank you for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information?
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Becka Choat on Monday, January 20, 2014 10:27 AM
I'm glad you found this helpful. I'll be posting another review of a book about depression within the next few weeks. I've also done some writing about my own experience with depression at

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