The annual World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness about mental health issues and promote open discussion of mental disorders. This year's theme is 'Depression: A Global Crisis'.
Depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages, in all communities and is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease. Depression is different from usual mood fluctuations and short-lived emotional responses to challenges in everyday life. When long-lasting and with moderate or severe intensity, depression may become a serious health condition. It can cause the affected person to suffer greatly and function poorly at work, at school and in the family.
If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, these books may help you to feel better:
In Dealing with Depression, respected expert Dr Caroline Shreeve answers all your questions of depression and describes how to recognise the symptoms. She explains the most effective ways to help you overcome your depression, from antidepressants to counselling or complementary therapies, exploring the pros and cons or each. Packed with case histories, exercises and practical suggestions, Dealing with Depression is the ideal self-help manual for anyone who things they might be depressed, and for the people around them.
In their book Beating Stress, Anxiety and Depression: Groundbreaking ways to help you feel better, Professor Jane Plant and Janet Stephenson argue that the medical profession's current approach – which largely neglects accurate diagnosis and relies too heavily on medication – is simply not working. They dispel the fear and prejudice surrounding mental illness and put forward a new, effective programme for dealing with stress, anxiety and depression. Based on the latest medical developments and sound science, their accessible book gives you the key to the best methods of prevention and treatment.
Dealing with Depression and Beating Stress, Anxiety and Depression are available to buy now from all good bookshops. Beating Stress, Anxiety and Depression is also available to download as an e-book so you can add it to your Sony ereader, Kindle, Kobo or iPad.
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