Beating the Blues: New Approaches to Overcoming Dysthymia and Chronic Mild Depressionby Michael E., Md. Thase, Susan S. Lang
Sufferers of mild depression or "the blues" often don’t seek help. Many think, "That’s just the way I am and there’s not much I can do about it." Yet chronic, low-grade, depression, also known as dysthymia, impairs quality of life for millions of people. This is a "how-to-get-well" book aimed at the general public rather than the mental professional. It is easy to read and the strategies are easy to follow. The authors write, "It is not normal to be apathetic, passive, glum, sad, irritable, joyless, hopeless, helpless, or negative, even for relatively brief periods of time." Chronic mild depression is a highly treatable condition but, without treatment, it can last for years and rarely gets better on its own. The book helps you recognize if you have mild depression, explains the psychology of feeling good, and discusses treatment strategies with and without drugs. There are also sections for children, teen, elderly, and gender-based depressions, too. Actually, the exercise, diet, and stress reducing strategies described in this book are helpful to anyone who wants to lead a lighter, brighter life.