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Women & depression : a sane approach to mood disorders
Rosenthal, M. Sara.
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Los Angeles : Lowell House, [2000]

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xxiv, 262 pages ; 23 cm
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RC537 .R6385 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Written for the woman with emotional problems, this book addresses the states of anxiety and melancholy accompanying times of stress or upheaval. It identifies high-risk women; outlines common situational, diet, and lifestyle triggers for depression; and explains how they can compound stress. It includes treatment options and self-help therapies.

Author Notes

M. Sara Rosenthal is a medical health journalist She has a masters degree in sociology and bioethics from the University of Toronto's Joint Centre for Bioethics

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: What This Book Is Aboutp. xix
Chapter 1 Are You Depressed or "Just Sad"?p. 1
Sadnessp. 1
Sadness versus depression
Grieving versus depression
Depressionp. 6
Signs of depression
Who gets depressed?
Causes of depression
When depression is a symptom of a physical ailment
The genetic link
Why we become depressed
Chapter 2 All Types of Depressionp. 23
Unipolar Disorders: The Moody Bluesp. 24
Bipolar Disorders: Feeling Groovyp. 28
The myth of mania
Signs of bipolar disorder
The crash
Types of bipolar disorders
Your mood cycle
Almost manic: cyclothymia
Treating Different Types of Depression: An Overviewp. 38
Short-term treatment strategies
Long-term solutions
Family support
Chapter 3 When Depression Is a Symptom of a Physical Ailmentp. 43
Normal Stress and Fatiguep. 44
Sleep deprivation
Raising a family
Lifestyle factors
Chemical Reactionsp. 48
Reproductive concerns
Abnormal Fatigue: Chronic Fatigue Syndromep. 52
The symptoms of CFS
What your doctor should rule out
Fibromyalgia versus CFS
Causes of CFS
Thyroid Disordersp. 59
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Light-Deprivedp. 61
Treating SAD
Bathroom Bluesp. 63
Hazards of not being able to go to the bathroom
Irritable bowels?
Bladder problems
Stress Reductionp. 71
A little hedonism goes a long way
Chapter 4 Body Image, Hormones, and Cycle-Logical Issuesp. 75
Body Imagep. 75
What it means to be thin
What it means to be fat
The act of getting fat: compulsive eating
Drug treatment for obesity
Depression, stress, and weight
Do you have a body-image problem?
Having the Time of Your Monthp. 88
Who cares about premenstrual signs?
Do you have premenstrual "disorder"?
Tender breasts affect your mood
Treating premenstural changes
Having a Hard Time After Having a Babyp. 99
Maternal blues
Postpartum depression (PPD)
Postpartum psychosis
Postpartum thyroiditis
Depression and Menopausep. 105
The menopause blues
Chapter 5 The History of Women and Psychotherapyp. 109
A Brief History of Women and "Madness"p. 111
The career psych patient
Asylum life
Women in male therapy
Feminism as a Cure?p. 118
The stigma of sexual abuse
Why are liberated women still depressed?
Chapter 6 Finding Someone to Talk top. 123
In Search of a Good Therapistp. 123
Locating names
Looking for credentials
Going for a test drive
Styles of Therapyp. 134
Biologically informed psychotherapy
Cognitive-behavioral therapy
Feminist therapy
Interpersonal therapy
Psychodynamic therapy
Getting the Most Out of Talking Headsp. 140
Repressed memories versus false memories
Talking versus drugs
When is therapy finished?
The rent-a-friend problem
Support Groupsp. 144
Where do you look for support?
Understanding your mental health-care rights
Chapter 7 Women and Medicationp. 155
Drugs for Depressionp. 157
SSRIs and hypomania
Combination therapy
Drugs for Maniap. 163
Other mood-stabilizing drugs
A final word about mania
What to Ask About Your Drugsp. 167
A dozen more questions
A word about dosages
Drug studies
Informed consent and medication
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)p. 173
The early years of ECT
Twenty-first century ECT
Side effects
Chapter 8 Self-Healing Strategiesp. 177
How Are You?p. 177
Diet and depression
Carbohydrates and moods
Exercise and depression
Common sense
The A-Z of Complementary Medicinep. 186
Ayurvedic medicine
Chinese medicine
Chiropractic medicine
Environmental medicine
Holistic medicine
Massage therapy
Mind/body medicine
Are There Risks?p. 195
Appendix Where to Go for More Informationp. 197
Glossaryp. 237
Bibliographyp. 241
Indexp. 247