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Psychoeducational books for depression?

Discussion in 'Psychology [Psy.D. / Ph.D.]' started by cara susanna, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. cara susanna

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    Hi everyone,

    My friend asked me if I had any recommendations for books aimed towards navigating a close relationship with someone who has major depression. I tried looking myself on Amazon, and they all seem really pop psych-y or dumbed down. So, I would really appreciate any suggestions--if you have a book title that you recommend to your clients' families, for instance, that would be perfect.

    Thanks!
     
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  2. aequitasveritas

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    I enjoy "Becoming Real"
    Its not necessarily for depression but it certainly targets narratives of life.
    Its pop-culty but very good.
     
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    I'd recommend The Noonday Demon.

    It's not a "How-to" book about managing your depressed significant other, but I hope it would help develop an individual's understanding of the illness and what their friend/partner is going through.
     
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    I really like this book - use it all the time with my patients. I suppose it is more bibliotherapy vs. psychoed, but it has a lot of really useful information.

    http://www.amazon.com/Overcoming-De...3678/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312121668&sr=8-1

    Though, to be fair, it is heavily behavioral (e.g., I don't think there is a lot of info re: pharmacotherapy).

    Steve Ilardi's book is also very good - and has a few chapters on the front end that are highly psychoeducational, and provide some data re: pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, and their combination. But it also leans away from pharmacotherapy, and instead focuses on what we know from psychology research (e.g., psychotherapy, behavioral activation, exercise, sleep-wake regulation, interpersonal factors, diet, etc.).

    http://www.amazon.com/Depression-Cu...3888/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312122003&sr=8-1

    Both of these books were written by depression researchers (and clinicians) who do very good work, so the empirical basis is strong. Steve's book is also available for the Kindle!
     
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    Is your friend secretly you? /jk
     
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    David Burns "The Feeling Good Handbook" is the hands down best psychoed book on depression for clients.
     
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    Maybe Anne Sheffield's "How You Can Survive When They're Depressed"? Haven't read it, but the reviews look promising, and it's specific to family members, not clients..
     
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