NEW REVIEW — YEUNG / Self-Management of Depression: A Manual for Mental Health
February 8, 2010 2 Comments
and Primary Care ProfessionalsYeung, Albert, MD, ScD; Feldman, Greg, PhD; Fava, Maurizio, MD
ISBN: 978-0-521-71008-4, 206 pages, soft cover.
Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP(Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
This book outlines ways that mental health and primary care providers can help
patients be actively involved in their medical care and manage their symptoms.
The purpose is to move depression into the realm of those chronic diseases in
which patients can have a tremendous impact on successful long-term management
like diabetes, heart failure, and obesity. Concepts such as this are absolutely
essential for the successful management of these chronic conditions and the
authors have given us an extraordinarily valuable book.
Although the intended audience includes mental health and primary care
providers, the book is easy to read and has great value for people diagnosed
with depression to help them understand the goals and process of self-management.
The authors outline a number of goals and approaches that give patients an easy
starting point, discussing the roles that professionals assume and those for
which patients should take responsibility. They also put numerous studies into
perspective and relate how successful programs work through the implementation
stages. The book outlines the value of physical exercise and other
nontraditional modalities such as meditation. Downloadable patient handouts are
available from an associated web site.
This is a valuable book that should be in the library of anyone who routinely
cares for depressed patients.