Depression is a common disorder, but it is surrounded by ignorance, fear and prejudice. As a clinical psychologist, Gwendoline Smith has worked with many depressed people, but it wasn't until she suffered depression herself that she fully appreicated how these factors can prevent effective treatment. In Sharing the Load. she faces these issues and combines personal experience, cvlinical information and common-sense advice for all those who have to deal with depression, including post-partum and adolescent depression.
Table of Contents
What it is, why it is and how to spot it: understanding what depression is and how to recognize the symptoms. Images of psychiatry: why we don't like psychiatrists; an explanation of the mythology and misconceptions that surround psychiatric medicine. Psychiatrists are doctors, too: the facts about medical approaches to the treatment of depression; medication and electroconvulsive therapy. Whose couch is it anyway!: what's the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?; an overview of psychological therapies used in the treatment of depression. Pine, honeysuckle and water violets: what natural therapies have to offer. And the kneebone's connected to the thighbone: acknowledging the burden of caring; looking after your physical and emotional well being. The forgotten link: determining both the contributions as well as the limitations of spiritual counsel and support when dealing with a loved one suffering depressive illness. Cry baby cry: is it just the "baby-blues" or is it post-natal depression?; husbands matter too: "You can go on for a long time knowing that things are wrong and not knowing what to do or what to say", a husbands account of dealing with post-natal depression. More than just a phase: research alerts us to a higher incidence of depression at a younger age - a trend verified by the increase in teenage suicide rates. A family affair: learn from the hindsight of other families and gain solace from their understandings. You've got a friend: it takes a lot of tolerance, love and understanding to support a depressed friend; should you be ding more, should you be doing less, or should you be doing something completely different?