Depression: Understanding The Symptoms, Diagnosis And Treatment Options - Evan Bradley - ebook

If You Are Suffering From Symptoms of Depression You Are Not AloneRates of depression have risen dramatically in the last 50 years. It is estimated that in the United States alone greater than 7% of the population suffers from depression. Given the stressful state of the world and the pressures we are under in our everyday life it is of little wonder. But you shouldn't need to suffer from the symptoms of depression, and you should know the treatment options and therapies available to you, because it is an extremely treatable condition.Depression: Understanding The Symptoms, Diagnosis And Treatment OptionsThis book will explain the symptoms, diagnosis and possible treatments available to someone who is suffering from depression. Subjects covered in the book include:- Understanding Depression- Causes and Symptoms- Types of Depression- Treatment Options- Forms of Therapy- Available MedicationsStart On The Road To Recovery Today!

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Depression: Understanding The Symptoms, Diagnosis And Treatment Options


Understanding The Symptoms, Diagnosis And Treatment Options

Evan Bradley

Copyright 2015 All rights reserved.

This document is geared towards providing exact and reliable information in regard to the topic and issue covered. The publication is sold with the idea that the publisher is not required to render accounting, officially permitted, or otherwise, qualified services. If advice is necessary, legal or professional, a practiced individual in the profession should be ordered.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Understanding Depression

What are the Symptoms?

What are the Causes?

Biological Causes

Environmental Causes

Types of Depression

Episodic Major Depression

Chronic Depression

Major Depression


Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Bipolar Disorder

Postpartum Depression

Psychotic Depression

Statistics of Major Depression

Differences in Men and Women

Increasing Rates of Depression

Statistics of Different Types of Depression

Chapter 2: Non-Medicative Treatments for Depression

Coping Strategies for Depression

Begin With Small Steps

Maintain Your Focus Over Time

Create a Network of Support

Dealing with Negative Thoughts

Looking After Yourself Properly

Do Enjoyable Things

Exercise for Depression

Seeking Professional Help

Ruling Out Medical Conditions

Psychotherapy (Therapy)

Different Types of Therapy

Forms of Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Psycho-dynamic Therapy

Tips for Seeing a Therapist

Chapter 3: Medications for Treating Depression

Different Types of Medication for Depression

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors(SNRIs)

Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs)

Side-Effects of Medication

Risk of Suicide and Aggression from Antidepressants

Chapter 4: Conclusion


This book was created to act as a guide for those who are experiencing symptoms of depression, as well as those who know someone who is displaying possible symptoms. While learning about depression is an important step on the road to recovery, a medical professional is the best person to seek for proper advice. Self-medication, as well as trying to resolve depression alone, can be dangerous, and these things are not recommended by this guide.

Depression is a commonly used term, but many people do not actually understand what it is. There is a difference between the natural feeling of sadness that people experience throughout their daily lives, and clinical depression. There are also many different types of depression.

Since there are plenty of terms used to describe the feelings of depression, which many people will experience in at least one point throughout their lives, the truth about depression, and its treatment, must be clarified.

That is what this book aims to do, in an easy-to-understand and comforting manner. In addition, the forms of available treatment, including different types of medication, will be discussed.

Doctors and scientists are still in the relatively early stages of truly understanding how the human mind works. The brain is as of yet unfathomably complex, but research has come a long way toward properly understanding depression. In any case, treatments have become quite successful, and it is important to believe that you can overcome this disorder, with access to a range of different treatments.

Chapter 1: Understanding Depression

Depression can be likened to the common cold, in that almost everyone will somehow be affected by it, in one way or another. Many of these people will experience the effects of depression first-hand, as they struggle with having it, while others will know someone with depression.

Confusion about depression is common. Many people are not sure exactly what it is, or how it is any different than just feeling sad. In addition, people are unsure about the differences between different varieties of depression, such as biological depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymia and seasonal depression.

Making distinctions between sad emotions, like those felt after experiencing a great loss, is important for defining and understanding depression. These types of natural feelings of grief can be very intense and last for a long time. However, it helps to acknowledge that having these emotions is a healthy way to respond to bad things that inevitably happen in life. Feeling sadness helps people to adjust to changes in their lives so that they can grow and learn in order to face new challenges. Indeed if we did not feel sadness and grief under the right circumstances it would be indicative of a greater problem.

In contrast to the sadness that might be felt in response to an episodic incident, depression is a lingering mood that can start to have significant negative effects on a person. To deal with depression, one must discover what the cause of the problem is before any real improvement can occur. Solving the problem might require a change in lifestyle, or learning to approach difficult situations, or relationships, in a different manner. There are many things that can cause depression, and in turn many ways to combat this disorder.