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Take Control of Your Depression: Strategies to Help You Feel Better Now

In Take Control of Your Depression, Dr. Susan J. Noonan provides people experiencing depression with strategies to take stock of their mental state, to chart a course toward emotional balance, and to track their progress on the journey to well-being. Writing from her personal experience as both a recipient and a provider of mental health services, Dr. Noonan explains how to obtain care from professionals, outlines what medical options are available, and lists everyday things people can do to feel better. Integrating medicine, psychology, and holistic care while exploring the basics of mental health, she touches on diet, sleep habits, physical activity, and mindfulness techniques.

This useful and compassionate workbook includes:

  • proven relapse prevention and resilience techniques
  • targeted cognitive exercises
  • daily worksheets that can be used to track your progress and response to therapy
  • the fundamentals of Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • advice on dealing with family and friends
  • guidance from remarkable people on depression
  • a discussion of how technology and social media can be used to manage well-being
  • a section on treatment-resistant depression
  • specialized tips aimed at women, men, adolescents, the elderly, and people dealing with chronic illness


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As a physician who has lived with depression, Susan J. Noonan brings a uniquely clear and empathic perspective to this informative, encouraging, and empowering book. Delivering remarkably rich and accessible insights and practical skills, Take Control of Your Depression is an invaluable road map for all those making their way through a difficult time.

— Jonathan E. Alpert, MD, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center

This book would be of interest to those who experience depression as well as those wanting to identify strategies, which work towards a positive approach to life and well-being. [It] contains a wealth of information and practical exercises, which provide strategies to gain emotional balance and improve wellbeing. The book is well written and engages the reader in both medical knowledge and the personal account of the author as to what life is like living with depression. Each chapter is brimming with compassion and encourages the reader to consider how depression can impact on the ability to ‘be yourself’ and the need to appreciate self-worth. Topics include common obstacles in depression, managing your mood disorder and strategies to get you through the tough times. Read more…

— Ibadete Fetahu, Nursing Times


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