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Talking to Depression: Simple Ways To Connect When Someone In Your Life Is Depressed: Simple Ways To Connect When Someone In Your Life Is Depressed Paperback – January 6, 2004
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I found the book to be so very truthful on many levels. She describes many possible actions and reactions and thoughts and feelings of the depressed person. While not all of them related directly to me, I could see that my family had found the ones that did and really took them to heart. So, the list must be very exhaustive and you will surely find your loved one there, even if all the symptoms don't match.
My family has responded in such a wonderful manner to me and seem to have given me exactly what I needed when I needed it. Underneath the depression I had marveled at how "good" they were at supporting me. Now I can see where they got the specific advice as to what to do and what to say and what not to say - right here in this book and it was SPOT ON. Thinking back, I can almost pinpoint when they read this because I distinctly remember when they stopped saying the "Things you should never say to a depressed person." I remember being thankful that they had finally stopped the useless advice(!)
It's a short book, an easy read but don't discount its helpfulness and usefulness.
I recommend this book highly. For you - if you're depressed - find yourself on the lists and show your family what will help and what won't; for you - if you have a depressed loved one. I have even recommended it to my counselor to recommend to the families of her other depressed clients.
Philosophically the author believes in a community approach to depression, not just in terms of teamwork on the part of the professionals who may be treating the depressed person, but also in terms of family and friends who have daily contact with the afflicted individual. Additionally, if depressed persons are made to feel part of that community of helpers, then they may be more likely to reach out to others and thus contribute to their own recovery.
Certainly, Talking to Depression can be read from cover to cover, but it's organized and indexed in such a way as to facilitate easy access to certain sections of interest to the reader. For example, there's a "Do Say/Don't Say" Cheat Sheet, a chapter on suicide, and a section on childhood depression, just to name a few. Ms. Strauss has gathered together quotations from a variety of sources, which she skillfully uses as epigraphs for each chapter. These quotations not only enlighten the reader, but also bring in the wealth of human experience to bear on the subject at hand.Read more ›
Another plus for this book is that it is written on a human level, not using a lot of dry facts or professional terminology, but just saying what needs to be said. It even includes a section on how children and teenagers can learn what to say and do as well as a section on what to say and do if a parent notices symptoms of depression in their child or adolescent.
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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 8 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 11 months ago by Kerri Saffer
I have major depressive disorder and dysthymic disorder. Managing my depression is part of my everyday life. Read morePublished 13 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 14 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 15 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 18 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 21 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 22 months ago by Peachbulb