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The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques: Understanding How Your Brain Makes You Depressed and What You Can Do to Change It Paperback – February 14, 2011

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People suffering from clinical depression and who feel that they are to blame for their debility may take comfort in psychologist Wehrenberg’s deconstruction of the depressed brain. In language that is unavoidably technically complicated on occasion, she explains how the intricate workings of the physical brain affect the emotions, not only causing and sustaining depression, but reinforcing it as well. She also describes how the different types of prescription medications work on the brain’s chemical processes to help alleviate depression’s symptoms. As a practicing psychologist, Wehrenberg additionally promotes the added benefit of talk therapy. But recognizing that not everyone has means to access a licensed therapist, she offers some of her own tried-and-true methods for self-help. Appendixes include additional reading plus a number of charts, questionnaires, and graphs to guide readers in their recovery efforts. In steps that are both clear and scaled for easily attainable victories, Wehrenberg extends a hand to those without the recourse of clinical therapy. --Donna Chavez

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“In steps that are both clear and scaled for easily attainable victories, Wehrenberg extends a hand to those without the recourse of clinical therapy.” (Booklist)

“[A] thoughtful book that provides immediate help for people suffering from depression. I highly recommend it.” (Daniel G. Amen, MD, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life)

“C]hock full of options, techniques, and information to assist a depressed person in understanding every aspect of their disorder. . . . Wehrenberg has successfully linked the world of prescription medications with the world of behavioral psychotherapy so that both are affirmed and everyone is more informed. The more I read of this book, the more I liked it and found it useful, because it stretches the usual ways of thinking to include, rather than exclude, helpful options.” (The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter)

“A well-researched book with clearly-written brain science for the non-scientist. Its life-changing, self-motivating techniques, many of which can be practiced outside the treatment room, will benefit anyone who suffers from depression and everyone who treats them. The appendix of practices alone is worth the price!” (Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression)

“Wehrenberg helps the reader remove self-blame for their condition and get on with the necessary changes they need to implement in order to feel better…[W]ould be useful to both patients and therapists. An uplifting, life-changing read.” (WellBeing Magazine (AU))
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Original edition (February 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039370629X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393706291
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a spiritual person and I have found it hard to reconcile the kinds of advice I have received on depression, which have ranged from the spiritual to the pharmacological. Let me first pay due respect to each of these perspectives because they are held by people with open minds and complex understandings. When I say the "spiritual perspective" I am specifically referring to a perspective that involves lifting oneself out of inertia and towards perfect awareness and love...maybe devotion to God or a higher power. Certainly this is an umbrella term. Each perspective has come with a philosophy of the depressed person--why she is depressed, how she can be made to feel better. In many instances I have told a doctor my problems and that doctor has handed me pills. In the hospital this process is called "stabilization" and its import should not be deemphasized. But medication just isn't enough. On the other side of things, as Wehrenberg points out, depressed people are overly attentive to their perceived faults and think negatively, so when I cannot simply be perfectly mindful, or devoted to God (or anything for that matter) I feel much worse...sometimes for weeks. Furthermore, I see myself as the problem, as at fault, as the one to be blamed for my continued depression.

After reading Wehrenberg's compassionate yet forthright book I must say that I no longer feel there is conflict amongst the kinds of advice I have been given, as Wehrenberg considers the neurobiology of depression alongside techniques to "use your brain to change your brain" which are prescribed by spiritual teachers. The problem I had encountered was a lack of nuanced and thorough integration of the neurological perspective and the spiritual perspective.
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By BC on February 15, 2011
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This book works in therapy as well as in personal lives for people dealing with depression. The 10 techniques have proven to help heal the brain and to balance the chemicals so that individuals can overcome the depression and allow them to return to life more excited and more positive. This is an excellent book and I recommend all who are dealing with this topic to purchase this book.

I am a professional Therapist and have been using this book in my private practice for some time now. I have found that in overcoming depression to understand the brain and how it is connected to depression is critical in dealing with this diagnosis. She has been able to identify different types of depression which are over looked by many people. I use her concepts in my therapy and have requested each of my clients to get this book in helping them to understand what they are experiencing and how to strengthen themselves in overcoming depression. My clients have reported back that it is a very easy book to understand even as a nonprofessional and that the book has been very helpful for them to be able to make the change.
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There is nothing new age or harmful in this book - the reviewer who suggests that there is must be confusing Dr. Wehrenberg's book with another book. As a health care provider and an educator, I find this book to be concrete, practical and respectful. This is a pragmatic book for people who are looking for ideas to improve energy, eliminate negative thinking, and gently challenge themselves to interrupt behaviors that keep them in a depressed state. One very useful aspect of Dr. Wehrenberg's writing is her ability to provide simple strategies that really do work for complex problems. It's a must read for anyone experiencing depression, and helpful reading for therapists who work with depressed clients. I have used Dr. Wehrenberg's techniques from her previous book successfully with my clients. I can tell from my first reading of this - her latest book - that I will find her techniques for dealing with depression to be equally useful for my clients. This book is especially important now, when so many people are experiencing emotional pain due to pressures related to job loss and the economy. As service providers, we owe it to ourselves and to our clients to use every available means of providing assistance and relief. This book promises to be a wonderfully useful tool for this purpose.
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"As you do things that are intrinsically rewarding, you boost your dopamine level and subsequently feel better." ~ pg. 80

Do you long for peace?
Are you experiencing panic attacks?
Does just living make you tired?
Are you ovewhelmed with negative thoughts?
Do you think your depression will never end?
Are you suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Margaret Wehrenberg provides gentle guidance to those experiencing depression. I've pulled myself out of depression numerous times and her methods do work if you get serious about them. One thing that really helped me was stopping the negative thoughts and deciding that I was going to get over my depression no matter what it took.

Yes, Margaret Wehrenberg does talk a little about medication but she spends much more time discussing methods for using your brain to change your brain. She explains how your brain works and discusses how to prevent yourself from plunging into despair.

From this book it would seem that we are all recovering from our childhood. I had not really thought about it but in this book you will learn how childhood neglect can cause you to be depressed later in life. The author also encourages you to get out of relationships that might be responsible for your depression. I'd agree with her if the relationship is physically abusive but maybe not if you are just having minor arguments that upset you. Sometimes you have to remain in a relationship and work things out. We all change and grow constantly!

I learned quite a bit from reading this book. I never thought eating spinach would help create more serotonin. I also didn't realize that mitral valve prolapse could trigger panic.

So I think reading this book is essential if you are depressed, having panic attacks or are suffering from abuse or trauma. There is however nothing in this book about energy fields and this book is not new age.

~The Rebecca Review
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