Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
|New from||Used from|
The author of Talking to Alzheimer's shares a simple, direct and effective approach for family and friends of those living and dealing with clinical depression. Strauss delves into specific scenarios with depressed loved ones, clearly explaining why certain responses and phrasing of comments are helpful while others are ineffective or seem like mere "stock phrases" to the person who is depressed. Strauss also explains that simply being there for the depressed person helps more than giving specific advice. "It isn't her job to listen to you; it's your job to listen to her. That's the best way to help her." Clinical psychologist Martha Manning, whose book Undercurrents offered a personal dimension to the illness, hits the exact note when she writes in the foreword that "dealing with depression is a collaboration." Strauss uses this approach throughout the book, explaining the unique ways in which the depressed mind works and, consequently, how others can better connect with that way of thinking through appropriate conversation, body language and practical support. When viewed individually, these suggestions may seem like ways to tiptoe around the depressed person, but altogether they are considerate and sensitive methods of communicating in any type of relationship. Strauss's insight applies to the day-to-day battles alongside the depression sufferer, but she also stresses how much can be learned from these strong individuals: "In physical battles, we celebrate the bravery of the soldier who falls. The bravery of the psychological warrior is no less."
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
...a really important tool for knowing...how to connect when people in your life are struggling with depression. -- Jo Cohen Hamilton, Ph.D
...a war chest of tools to aid our understanding of something that defies understanding unless one has experienced it firsthand... -- Christine B. Smith, Ph.D., President of Survivors of Loved One's Suicides, Inc. - SOLOS
This magical book...makes numerous practical, valuable, and doable suggestions. -- Catherine M. Schultz, School Counselor, Reading High School
WOW! This book was so amazing! I have suffered from severe depression for a lot of years. I bought this book to help my family understand what I was going through, that it wasn't... Read morePublished 4 months ago by bookwormbug
This book helped me be centered and calm when talking to my friend. I was surprised at how well it worked when I used the strategies and not only did he look relieved, but actually... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kerri Saffer
I have major depressive disorder and dysthymic disorder. Managing my depression is part of my everyday life. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Shelley Devens
For basic depression it's a good book. I needed info on the type of depression that causes physical pain, medical symptoms and mental anguish. No mention of it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Rubens
This is a great book. Helped me understand a loved one during a time of need. I learned a lot by reading it, I truly recommend it.Published 11 months ago by Lizy L.
Great book! I love the idea behind it- Don't just read what the psychologists say about it (usually a very sterile, bland description), hear it from the mouths of those that... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Arielle Lyons
This is a useful little book that is easy to understand and follow.
When someone you care is suffering from depression, it is sometimes very difficult to talk him or her... Read more
Once you begin reading, I predict you will read to the end without stopping--the book is that good. The author seems to be a very wise and gentle person who tells us precisely what... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Curious Reader
I have struggled with depression since puberty, sometimes very severe. My husband, on the other hand, has not personally battled depression. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Peachbulb