Self-Management of Depression: A Manual for Mental Health and Primary Care Professionals

Author: Albert Yeung


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  • ISBN: 9780521710084
  • Author: Albert Yeung
  • Publ Date: 2009-10-15
  • Edition:
  • Pages: 216
  • Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIV *#
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 6337

Table of Contents :

Preface; 1. The use of self-management for depression; 2. Care management of depression: treatment of depression in primary care and the need for a multidisciplinary approach; 3. Self-assessment instruments for depression; 4. Self-help: the role of bibliotherapy and computerized psychotherapy in self-management for depression; 5. Physical exercise as a form of self-management for depression; 6. Self-management of depression using meditation; 7. Cultivating social support: the role of peer-support in self-management; 8. Putting it all together: applying self-management for depression in your practice; Index.


With growing access to health information, people who suffer from depression are increasingly eager to play an active role in the management of their symptoms. The goal of self-management is to support patients in monitoring and managing their symptoms and provide them with additional resources to promote recovery, enhance quality of life, and prevent relapse. For clinicians, self-management holds promise for improving practice efficiency and efficacy by helping patients maximize their improvement outside of treatment sessions. Self-Management of Depression is written for clinicians who wish to empower their patients to take more active steps to manage depression. Chapters cover care management, self-assessment, exercise, self-help books and computer programs, meditation, and peer-support groups and strategies for how to incorporate self-management into a treatment plan are described. Reproducible handouts to support patients are also available online. This book is relevant to clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers and primary care physicians.


'... extremely useful ... highlights all the issues and flags up points to consider when planning a self-management programme for depression ... timely ... the book is good at addressing most of the queries and concerns that clinicians have when seeking to enact this model.' Psychological Medicine 'This is a valuable book that should be in the library of anyone who routinely cares for depressed patients.' Doody's '... well structured and includes practical examples ... very readable, it is easy to pick out the summary of the information provided from the chapter conclusions and the different sections can easily be read in more depth where required. ... an essential read for anyone involved in the development of mental health support services ...' Occupational Medicine '... I feel that this is a useful book for General Practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, Community Mental Health Practitioners and other health personnel who deal with patients with depression. It puts a lot of information at our finger tips, much of which can easily be incorporated into practice to help our patients manage their depression better. Furthermore, the discussion of medication as a piece in the jigsaw of depression management should be a relief to those professionals who feel that the use of medication is usually over-emphasised.' Journal of Mental Health

Author Biography:

Albert Yeung is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, MA, USA. Greg Feldman is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Simmons College and Research Fellow, Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, MA, USA. Maurizio Fava is Executive Vice Chair, Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, MA, USA.


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