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It may be difficult for those suffering from depression to add a little work into their day; simply getting out of bed can seem like plenty of work. But if you are newly diagnosed or experiencing moderate problems with depression or bipolar disorder, The Depression Workbook might be a literal lifesaver.

The first section is especially useful to new patients just learning to navigate the signs, treatments, and vocabulary of depression. Clearly written overviews of specific symptoms are coupled with space for you to write in your own thoughts on treatment, prognosis, and your ultimate goals. Checklists and daily planners help to identify both areas of difficulty and positive experiences; later in the book, you'll find charts for tracking medications, diet, and doctor visits.

A full section is devoted to the establishment and maintenance of a support group. Ideas range from open discussions with family members to seeking out volunteer work, and it's this section that may be the trickiest for the depressed to work through. Finding the strength to make new friends may seem impossible at first, but author Mary Ellen Copeland spreads plenty of warmth, encouragement, and personal experience among her directives. --Jill Lightner

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Endorsement of First Edition: “This book is a lifesaver. This is one of the ‘must have’ books for anyone newly diagnosed with depression or manic depression. It is invaluable in teaching both sufferer and supporter the symptoms and coping skills. This book was monumental in helping me get through a severe depression that lasted nonstop for half a decade. I recommend this book to all my readers, and to anyone suffering with depression or bipolar disorders.”—Bob Olsen, author of the best-selling Win the Battle: The 3-Step Lifesaving Formula to Conquer Depression and Bipolar Disorder



“The second edition of this eminently useful guide offers readers proven and active courses of action for getting and staying on the road to wellness. Mary Ellen Copeland is an author who thoroughly understands depression and manic depression, and the book’s effective techniques and clear organization illustrate her commitment to facilitating real healing. Once again, Copeland has produced one of the very best books on the subject."

—Lauren Dockett, author of The Deepest Blue: How Women Face and Overcome Depression

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications; Second Edition edition (January 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157224268X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572242685
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the "must have" books for anyone newly diagnosed with depression or bipolar disorder (manic-depression). It is invaluable in teaching both sufferer and supporter the symptoms and symptomatic behavior associated with these brain disorders.
It is also one of the best books I have read for learning coping skills. Coping skills are needed while you are trying to find a treatment to end your suffering. Since that can take weeks, months or even years, coping skills are vital to keep you on track with your treatment efforts - and to help you during times of suicidal ideation.
This book was monumental in helping me get through a severe depression that lasted nonstop for half-a-decade. Now that I have been symptom-free for the last five-years (due to medication), I am able to look back in hindsight to see what got me and my wife, Melissa, through that personal nightmare. This book was one of those lifesaving gifts which got us on track immediately after I was diagnosed. It is a book of which we are most grateful.
I recommend this book to all my readers, and anyone suffering with depression or biplar disorder.
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It's obvious from the other reviews that this book has been very helpful to many people suffering from depression. However, it ended up making me feel even more depressed than I was before. It gives suggestions such as surrounding yourself with things to remind you of why life is worth living, but the severely depressed may be so isolated that they really have nothing to live for. It also suggests a heavy reliance on support from friends and family, and, again, a severely depressed person may no longer have friends or close family members to rely upon. I can imagine that people suffering from mild to moderate depression would be helped a great deal by this book, but for those who are so depressed that they've withdrawn from the world and really have nothing left to live for, this book will only make them feel more depressed, hopeless, and isolated from the world.
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I have recently been diagnosed w/depression & my counselor recommended this book to me. It's great. I love the fact that it makes me take responsibility for my own healing. This book makes the reader an active participant and holds the reader accountable. The workbook exercises are great and extremely thought-provoking. They are helpful and have given me new insights. The text treats people with respect, is never "preachy", and doesn't trivialize the depression. Buy this book!
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By A Customer on September 22, 2001
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I agree with the last person's review of this book. I felt even more isolated and depressed while and after reading it. The strategies and techniques are terrific--if you can actually get a support network of family and friends. That means overcoming the embarrassment and stigma of being mentally ill, as well as gaining the courage to face it yourself. Overall, the book is terric--just not for me. I felt too far gone to relate and did not have the discipline to "work" with the workbook--which of course made me feel worse! Good luck!
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I've owned this book for several years and I refer back to it again and again. It not only contains tips for helping yourself out of a depression, but its checklists and forms actually encourage you to do the work you need to do. This book is also good for someone who is not depressed but just needs help with their lifestyle. Wonderful book. I think it will help anyone who actually uses it.
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Excellent resource. Deeply probing the individual for every feeling and explaining triggers, possible complications, and offering gilded direction to being whole emotionally. No other book on the subject compares. Perfect. 5 Stars!
Felecia Constance Rowe, Executive Director of The Institute for Advanced Mind Research
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By A Customer on April 14, 2003
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On the recommendation of my spouse's therapist we purchased this book. I read the whole thing in one evening, but my spouse is reading it slowly.
One of the biggest changes is hearing my spouse say "I have a goal now" or "I need to keep charts." This would never have happened without the book "telling" him to do it. After 3 years of dealing with the wrong diagnosis and medications it finally seems as if we are on the right track and there is some hope and light at the end of tunnel. I don't know if we will ever exit this long tunnel, but now at least I know my spouse wants to try and the book gives us logical steps to work in that direction.
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This is a great book but I found that it was suited more for people with bi-polar issues or manic issues. In addition, if done alone at home, it can bring up some really difficult issues. I think this is great to use in a group setting or in a partial or full hospital program, but I found it to bring up too many emotions and prefer to use it in group settings only.
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