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Contagious Emotions: Staying Well When Someone You Love Is Depressed Paperback – June 1, 1993


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket (June 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671702408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671702403
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,687,902 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Depression wears many faces, asserts Podell, co-founder of the Center for Mood Disorders in Los Angeles: it can be mild or severe, biological or psychological, and can manifest itself as sadness, anger, apathy or some other emotion. The friends and family of depressed people are emotionally at risk themselves, for they can become "fused" with the depressed person--that is, become locked in a mutually harmful cycle whereby negative behaviors in one partner beget negative behaviors in the other. This vicious cycle, which Podell believes can occur in any relationship (even one with a pet), is particularly insidious when depression is a factor, because the nondepressed person can so easily believe that he or she is helping the depressed one. This, writes Podell, is "codependency any way you slice it." First describing fusion in a relationship, Podell next shows readers how to "defuse" 'first' earlier in sentence by managing themselves and then the loved one, and finally explores the process of reconstruction after defusion. Similar to other codependency manuals, this one, written with freelancer Shimer, also urges the reader to consider the partner's needs as well as his or her own, but without becoming a martyr.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1997
Our lives were ruined by my wife's depression and I unknowingly was becoming "fused" into her illness. We argued constantly. She threatened suicide. I threatened divorce. We were fighting a war that had no end and blamed each other.

We now understand how the contagious force of depression was infecting our lives. We both take medication and have learned how to manage our communication effectively
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1998
I have tried to secure more copies of this book for a course I teach to loved ones of those struggling with brain disorders but have been unsuccessful. I have even written to the publisher but received no reply. This book shows how essential it is for well family members to appropriately respond to their ill relative's chemical imbalance not only for the benefit of the one with the disorder but the family member as well. I refer to this book often in dealing with chemical imbalance in family members.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morningloria on November 8, 2012
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One of the most informative books I have ever read. Buy more than one- you will want to share with others. I really understand now about fusing with other peoples negative/hostile emotions.
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Once I learned the basic concept, I can see this as a common scenario around my life. This is especially true in my marriage which is not good.
Examples/case studies are very simplistic and dated but the learning is there.
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By betty boop on September 5, 2012
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I started to read this book and underlinned 3/4 of what was written i have a bipolar son ,a son suffering from ptsd from being over in Iraq and i was abused as a child and sometimes become depressed so the techniques of coping with our loved ones and caring enough to step back and not fuse with our beloved instead of fussing with them and making the situation worse for all of us..., Thank you so much for the best ever written on depression
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