Reviews for Managing Your Depression : What You Can Do to Feel Better

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2013 May #4

This practical and compassionate handbook is perfectly suited to individuals living with depression: in accessible language, it offers firm, specific advice and quick cognitive tests and self-assessment metrics that even those in the deepest of doldrums will find helpful and relevant. A physician and consultant for Massachusetts General Hospital, Noonan is professionally well-suited to help others manage their sorrow, and she can also speak from personal experience: she too suffers from depression. Culling lessons and insights from her life, her experience with patients, and current literature on the topic, Noonan explains the basics of mental health--including maintaining good eating, sleeping, and exercising habits; building a routine; and shunning isolation--before going on to unpack what mood disorders are, and how they manifest themselves. She recommends seeking the support of professionals, emphasizing that making the most of a therapeutic relationship and taking medications correctly are essential. She also offers the tough-love reminder that self-care is not optional--you must take the time to understand your own triggers, recognize warning signs, identify distorted thoughts, and develop a solid routine and a relapse-prevention plan. Noonan's is a valuable volume for those suffering from depression, as well as for loved ones who are fighting the fight by their side. (July)

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