Depression Is Contagious

Depression Is Contagious

How the Most Common Mood Disorder Is Spreading Around the World and How to Stop It

Book - 2009 | 1st Free Press hardcover ed
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"Depression is the world's most common mood disorder, and it's spreading fast: at the current rate, the World Health Organization predicts it will leap from the fourth to the second greatest cause of human suffering and disability in the world by the year 2020. And the shocking spread of this debilitating disorder isn't fated by brain chemistry, genes, diet, or personal weakness, as we're too often taught - rather, the latest research provides overwhelming evidence that depression is far more a social problem than a medical disease. Depression doesn't just infect a single individual and then stay contained within him or her. Depression's effects reach into the interactions you have with others, rippling destructively through marriages, families, work environments, and communities like a viral contagion. Drugs can't repair or protect your relationship from depression, but the skills expert psychologist Dr. Michael D. Yapko teaches us in this book can." "Dr. Yapko has identified the types of relationship patterns that lead to negative ways of thinking, feeling, and relating to others and culls from the latest findings in neuroscience, social psychology, epidemiology, and genetics to provide a practical, proven plan for developing the skills and insights you need to forge stronger, healthier social connections - and enjoy an enriching, interconnected life. While commonly prescribed drugs address some of depression's symptoms, they cannot change the social factors that cause and perpetuate the disorder. Indeed, by treating a social condition as though it's a disease, the problems compound rather than diminish. The foundation for recovery is to build a healthy social life based on understanding what to expect from our relationships, what we should give, and how to relate to and accept others - skills that have been neglected by modern society. Dr. Yapko's groundbreaking plan of action-filled with skill-building emotional and mental exercises, anecdotes, and illuminating explanations."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2009
Edition: 1st Free Press hardcover ed
ISBN: 1416590749
Branch Call Number: 616.8527 YAP
Characteristics: xxi, 229 p. ; 24 cm

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Nov 19, 2017

I expected this to be about recent research about the nature of depression. It is only partially about that and is more about tools that depressed people may use to dig themselves out. This is not a touchy-feelly book and is not weird self help. It is pragmatic and gives CBT type exercises to help people see their lives differently.


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