Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Helping Someone with Depression During the Holiday Season and New Year

The holiday season is not just a time for traditional festivities, merry making, good will and celebrating with loved ones. For some, it's the loneliest time of the year. For others, sadness of missing a loved one or recovering from a life-changing trauma tinges the season. Many fall into despair as self-reflection takes hold, measuring the year's past accomplishment and failures. And then there are those who begin a downward spiral into the depths of a clinical depression.

My award-winning book "Living with Depression" offers tips and recommendations, as well as my own dual perspective of being a professional who specializes in depression and also being a person who lives successfully with this mental illness.

You can pick up the new paperback edition of "Living with Depression" online and in retail bookstores. Remember, depression is a serious, but treatable illness. 


Jade said...

Congrats on the book Deb!
Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Dr. Deb said...

Thanks, Jade.
Long time no speak...hope you and yours are well.

OHN said...

This was very timely. We had a patient in our office this week that was so depressed she is barely functioning. Her son was so worried about the change in her when he returned from college for Christmas that he was pacing the hall outside the exam room during her entire visit. Life has been hard for her but this year had been especially difficult and she doesn't see any way back. I am going to pick up a copy of the book and have it available to our physicians to recommend/loan/give away, whatever they see fit. Seeing her 20 year old kid distraught just broke my heart.

yas said...

Well said, most of the people in this world are under stress and depression. So it’s a must to have some depression help council.

Dr. Deb said...

College can be an extremely stressful time for students. I hope this family can find their way through this tough time.

Depression is THE leading cause of disability here in the US. In the world. it is the second leading cause of disability. We need to do more to help everyone struggling with this illness. Thanks for commenting.

Gerald Bouthner said...

The scariest part about clinical depression is it's relation to the over 1 million suicides that occur in the world each year.

Sadly although most people with depression who seek treatment can be greatly helped, many still remain untreated.