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Living with Depression: Why Biology and Biography Matter along the Path to Hope and Healing Kindle Edition

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Serani courageously reveals her own lifetime struggles with serious depression - and devastating thoughts of suicide. The book has nowhere to go but up from there, and it delivers - with details about her own depression and treatment woven into a useful primer geared to the suffering and their families."- Newsday

"Serani offers validity and help to those who suffer from mood disorders but feel ashamed or don't know where to turn for help. This is a valuable resource with the potential to save lives." -Library Journal

"I wish that Serani's Living with Depression had been around when I first began to deal with depression. Patients can benefit from the doctor's perspective and doctors can learn from their patients. That they are both the same gifted author is a blessing to all who deal with mental illness." - Delta Burke, Actress

"Serani offers a guide book with a soul. She clearly writes of the trials of major depression and the promise of science. She does so as a gutsy clinical psychologist who shares the wisdom made from her suffering, not just her training." - Dr. Patrick Corrigan, Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the Institute of Psychology at the Illinois Institute of Technology

"Serani courageously shares her path of despair to hope and healing with the intent of helping others from what she has learned and experienced. In Living with Depression, she succeeds with her messages of hope. May this book reach the far corners of both people who suffer from mental illness and those who need to understand it."- Dr. Michelle Linn-Gust, President, American Association of Suicidology

"Living with Depression" offers the kind of insight and perspective that only can come from a professional who has gone through the same battles as the patients she treats. Savor that first chapter, because it's one of the best in the book. - John Grohol, Psy.D. CEO of PsychCentral

I found Living with Depression to be not only fascinating but, since the author suffers from depression herself, also compassionate, understanding and informative. Bravo! -Jessie Close

New York psychologist Serani helps patients understand their depression by first understanding what depression is, and then how to navigate the complex system of seeking effective treatment. In the first chapter, Serani shares her own experience with debilitating depression with hopes that her experience 'will serve as an encouraging reminder that depression can be treated.' As she moves into the more scientific sections of the book, she uses examples from her personal and professional experiences to provide more rounded explanations. She understands and acknowledges the reserves people have about using medication and consciously addresses the different treatments with that in mind. The aim of this book is to help patients come to terms with the diagnosis and the attendant stigma attached....Much of the focus is on being proactive and utilizing available resources. - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Deborah Serani is a psychologist in private practice in New York. She is an adjunct professor at Adelphi University, publishing academic articles on depression and trauma. She has appeared as an expert on various media outlets including ABC News,,,  Newsday, Chicago Sun-Times, Psychology Today, CBS and NPR radio, and many more.  She has also worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Product Details

  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 16, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 16, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YW59IS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Deborah Serani, Psy.D. is an award-winning author and a licensed psychologist in practice for over twenty five years. She is also an adjunct professor at Adelphi University and has been published in academic journals on the subjects of depression and trauma. Dr. Serani is a go-to expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found in Newsday, Psychology Today, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Associated Press, and affiliate radio station programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. Dr. Serani has also worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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Format: Hardcover
Through storytelling and her personal experience, the author engages us in what it is like to experience depression. By feeling connected to the author in this way, reading this book was effortless and you walk away realizing how much you have learned.

I can see this book being used as a required reading for a class, or for family/friends who deal with someone struggling with depression. For example, Ms. Serani describes various types of treatments available as well as discussing the different types of medications and how they affect the brain. Additionally, I was impressed with her chapter on suicide- a topic that most shy away from. This book is rich in resources, has a glossary of terminology, and I love how she included a long list of notables in society who have depression.

Lastly, throughout this book, Ms. Serani talks about stigma with having a mental illness and/or dealing with someone who struggles with depression. She points out the importance of people sharing their stories as a way of bringing awareness that many people who do deal with depression can manage their symptoms and lead productive satisfying lives. A great read!
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Living with Depression by Deborah Seranti is a must read for anyone who has depression and for those who treat depression. I believe that it would also be helpful to have friends and family of anyone depressed read it.

Deborah Serani is a psychologist with a private practice and in this book, she tells of her own plans to commit suicide. But medication, psychotherapy and research by herself she is able to live with depression. I am interested in this book because I too, have major depression. It runs in my family.

She explains that depression is not a nature vs. nurture question but is the result of nature and nurture. Stress and the lack of a support system can throw you over to suicidal thoughts.

But this book is not a gloomy, recital of facts that contribute to depression. Rather it is a message of hope and healing.

Society needs to recognize that depression is a chronic illness. This is something that we have to live with through our lives. Stigma is a great problem; this can prevent people from getting help. Mental illness is not something to be laughed at but rather means that person may need medicine, counseling and support. In this book, Deborah Serani, gives ways that she personally confronts stigma.

I have two favorite parts of this book. First are the twelve pages of well know people who have lived with or have some form of depression. On that list, you will see Mark Twain, John Quincy Adams, Alex Baldwin, and Dick Clark to just name a few. She put them in this book to show that even though you have depression, you can still be successful.

The other part that enjoyed was about healthcare officials and the ways that they employ tactics to either avoid or delay payment.
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As someone who has had loved ones suffering from depression this is a book I wish I had been able to read over twenty years ago! That was not possible, of course, and much has changed for the better in our society's understanding of depression.

A lot of us tend to believe that the depressed person just needs to "get over it" already or that drugs are only for the weak. This book helps explain why "getting over it" is not possible for many people with this illness without real help and probably a combination of tools. Pharmacological help can be a GREAT thing and she explains how it works. The book not only reveals Serani's moving personal story, she explains in clear terms what depression looks like and the range of treatment available. For those of us who seek to understand our loved ones this book is a great resource. Serani's book is one I'll gladly be giving away to those I feel will benefit from it.
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By bkbhere on February 23, 2012
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There is so much compassion behind this nuanced book about uni-level and bipolar depression. The science in the
book is written in a way that is readable for those who are not in the field of science. The author's experiences
are very compelling. She works hard to dispel myths and fight stigmas. There is so much encouragement and hope
in this book for those who suffer with depression that they can improve with treatment.
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When you're struggling with depression one of the things that makes you feel even more depressed is the thought that you'll feel that way forever. I know this from personal experience as I had to overcome more than 25 years of depression associated with posttraumatic stress disorder. The tough thing about living with depression is not understanding it, or knowing what to do about it.

In Deborah Serani's book you'll not only find information you really need in order to understand and create a functional life despite depression, you'll also gain the hope that you can feel better. In candid prose that illustrates Serani's own life-long struggle with depression the author makes the clinical side of things enormously easy to grasp while also showing depression from inside a layperson's perspective. It's this combination that elevates the book from just a source of education to one of inspiration. By the end of the book you'll have hope for your own healing, plus: a ton of fun with the list Serani has compiled of celebrities with mood disorders. It's always good to know you're not alone; Serani's list makes this abundantly clear!
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