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New releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can recommend to your clients about depression

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April 28, 2010 — In this recurring feature, we’ll bring you new releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can recommend to your clients. Titles and descriptions come from both the APA Practice Organization’s Amazon Associates Store and APA Books. This month, we focus on depression, with volumes that explore causes, assessment, intervention, treatment planning and prevention.

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Clinical resources

Handbook of Depression, Second Edition
Edited by Ian H. Gotlib and Constance L. Hammen (2008)
Bringing together the field's leading authorities, this acclaimed work is widely regarded as the standard reference on depression. The Handbook provides comprehensive coverage of the epidemiology, course, and outcome of depressive disorders; issues in assessment and diagnosis; psychological and biological risk factors; effective approaches to prevention and treatment; and the nature of depression in specific populations. Each chapter offers a definitive statement of current theories, methods, and research findings, while also identifying key questions that remain unanswered. Reflecting significant developments in the field, the second edition is thoroughly updated and includes a number of new chapters and topics.

Depression: Causes and Treatment, Second Edition 
by Aaron T. Beck and Brad A. Alford (2009)
More than forty years ago, Dr. Aaron T. Beck's pioneering Depression: Causes and Treatment presented the first comprehensive account of all aspects of depression and introduced cognitive therapy to health care providers and patients struggling with one of the most common and devastating diseases of the modern age. Since that classic text first appeared, the appreciation of the multifaceted nature of mood disorders has grown, and the phenomenological and biological aspects of psychology are increasingly seen as intertwined. Taking these developments into account, Beck and his colleague Brad A. Alford have written a second edition of Depression that will help patients and caregivers understand depression as a cognitive disorder.

Cognitive Therapy of Depression
by Aaron T. Beck, A. John Rush, Brian F. Shaw and Gary Emery (1987)
This bestselling, classic work offers a definitive presentation of the theory and practice of cognitive therapy for depression. Aaron T. Beck and his associates set forth their seminal argument that depression arises from a "cognitive triad" of errors and from the idiosyncratic way that one infers, recollects, and generalizes. From the initial interview to termination, many helpful case examples demonstrate how cognitive-behavioral interventions can loosen the grip of "depressogenic" thoughts and assumptions. Guidance is provided for working with individuals and groups to address the full range of problems that patients face, including suicidal ideation and possible relapse.

Treatment for Chronic Depression: Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP)
by James P. McCullough, Jr. (2003)
This volume describes the Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), a research-based approach designed to motivate chronically depressed patients to change and to help them develop needed problem-solving and relationship skills. Presenting clear, step-by-step guidelines for implementing CBASP—along with compelling empirical evidence that supports its efficacy—the book is filled with illustrative case material that brings challenging clinical situations to life. Also covered are ways to measure treatment outcomes and recommended procedures for training and supervision.

Relapse Prevention for Depression
Edited by C. Steven Richards and Michael G. Perri (2010)
This book summarizes recent progress regarding the theory, research, and practice of relapse prevention for depression. Part I discusses individual risk correlates and predictors for depression relapse and recurrence. Part II discusses the four treatments with the most empirical support for preventing depressive relapse: cognitive–behavior therapy, interpersonal therapy, problem-solving therapy, and pharmacotherapy. Finally, Part III discusses relapse prevention in five key populations with an elevated risk for relapse: older adults, suicidal individuals, individuals with chronic medical illness, individuals with substance use disorders, and individuals with marital distress. The book concludes with an epilogue listing the editors' top ten guidelines for practitioners. With a heavy emphasis on implications for practice, this book will appeal to therapists and other health care workers, as well as depression researchers and graduate course instructors.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse
by Zindel V. Segal, J. Mark G. Williams and John D. Teasdale (2001)
This book presents an innovative eight-session program that has been clinically proven to bolster recovery from depression and prevent relapse. Developed by leading scientist-practitioners and solidly grounded in current psychological research, the approach integrates cognitive therapy principles and practice into a mindfulness framework. Clinicians from any background will find vital tools to help clients maintain gains made by prior treatment and to expand the envelope of care to remission and beyond. Illustrative transcripts and a wealth of reproducible materials, including session summaries and participant forms, enhance the clinical utility of the volume. Clinicians are also guided in establishing their own mindfulness practice, an essential prerequisite to teaching others.

Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders
by Robert L. Leahy and Stephen J. Holland (2000)
This one-of-a-kind resource provides the busy practitioner with empirically supported treatments for seven frequently encountered disorders: major depression, generalized anxiety, panic and agoraphobia, PTSD, social phobia, specific phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Serving as ready-to-use treatment packages, chapters describe basic cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques and how to tailor them to each disorder. Also featured are diagnostic flow charts; therapist forms for assessment and record keeping; client handouts and homework sheets; and session-by-session case examples. Tips for troubleshooting common therapeutic roadblocks are presented, as are strategies for ensuring third-party payment authorization. The searchable CD-ROM enables clinicians to rapidly generate individualized treatment plans, print extra copies of therapist and client forms, find the facts about commonly prescribed medications, and learn more about cognitive-behavioral techniques. Facilitating effective treatment that is adapted to the realities of the typical outpatient setting, including the demands of managed care, this book and CD-ROM will be prized by novice and experienced clinicians alike.

Experiences of Depression: Theoretical, Clinical, and Research Perspectives
by Sidney J. Blatt (2004)
In Experiences of Depression, Sidney J. Blatt masterfully integrates nearly 30 years of clinical insight and research exploring the nature of depression and the life experiences that contribute to its emergence. Beginning with case studies of two depressed patients in long-term treatment, this landmark book paints a compelling picture, demonstrating the value of considering the psychological dimensions of depression. In a profound contribution to understanding the nature of depression, Dr. Blatt identifies two types of depression that, despite a common set of symptoms, have distinct roots. One, which he terms anaclitic depression, arises from feelings of loneliness and abandonment. The other, which he terms introjective depression, is born of feelings of failure and worthlessness. Recognizing these fundamentally different depressive experiences has spurred a remarkably wide range of research, the development of assessment tools, and impressive strides in understanding the nature, etiology, and treatment of this far-reaching disorder. With clarity and meticulous care he traces the extensive systematic investigation of these two types of depression and the role of disturbances in mental representations. A closing chapter considers the implications of these theoretical formulations and research findings for understanding the nature of therapeutic process with depressed patients.

The Prevention of Anxiety and Depression: Theory, Research, and Practice
Edited by David J. A. Dozois and Keith S. Dobson (2003)
In The Prevention of Anxiety and Depression, editors David J. A. Dozois and Keith S. Dobson demonstrate that prevention efforts are warranted in addressing the two most common mental health ailments. Leading experts examine current models and practices in prevention and the empirical evidence on risk and vulnerability for anxiety and depression separately and as co-morbid disorders. Authors survey the emerging support for intervention efforts at various stages. From this comprehensive and cutting edge literature, the editors synthesize a set of innovative recommendations for theory development and research.

Resources for your clients

Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy Revised and Updated
By David D. Burns (1999)
The good news is that anxiety, guilt, pessimism, procrastination, low self-esteem, and other "black holes" of depression can be cured without drugs. In Feeling Good, eminent psychiatrist David D. Burns, M.D., outlines the remarkable scientifically proven techniques that will immediately lift your spirits and help you develop a positive outlook on life. Now in this updated edition Dr. Burns adds an all-new consumer’s guide to antidepressant drugs as well as a new introduction to help answer your questions about the many options available for treating depression.

Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think
By Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky (1995)
Developed by two master clinicians with extensive experience in cognitive therapy treatment and training, this popular workbook shows readers how to improve their lives using cognitive therapy—one of the most effective and widely practiced forms of psychotherapy. The book is designed to be used alone or in conjunction with professional treatment. Step-by-step worksheets teach specific skills that have helped thousands of people conquer depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems. Readers learn to use mood questionnaires to identify, rate, and track changes in feelings; change the thoughts that contribute to problems; follow step-by-step strategies to improve moods; and take action to improve daily living and relationships. The book's large-size format and lay-flat binding facilitate reading and writing ease.

The Half-Empty Heart: A Supportive Guide to Breaking Free from Chronic Discontent
By Alan Downs (2004)
Frustrated. Irritable. Discouraged. Fed up. These are among the feelings experienced by millions of people suffering from low-grade depression. Often erroneously attributed to a negative attitude or laziness, this common condition saps feelings of happiness, contentment, and passion, and frequently goes undiagnosed. The Half-Empty Heart is a powerful and practical book that explains how the condition takes hold—and presents simple yet profound ways to overcome it for good. Using anecdotes from his private practice as well as quizzes, checklists, exercises, and a complete five-week plan for achieving lasting results, clinical psychologist Alan Downs, PhD, shines light into the dark corners of this isolating and debilitating condition.

What to Do When You're Sad & Lonely: A Guide for Kids 
By James J. Crist (2005)
Everyone feels sad and lonely sometimes. Growing numbers of children are living with depression, a disease often mistaken for sadness. Drawing on his years of experience helping children with depression and anxiety disorders, Dr. James Crist has written a book that kids can turn to when they need advice, reassurance, and ideas. He starts by telling young readers that all kids feel sad and lonely sometimes. He explains how the body and mind react to these painful feelings, then offers "Ten Tips for Beating the Blues and Blahs"—coping skills kids can learn and practice. Additional strategies help kids get a handle on their feelings, make and keep friends, and enjoy their alone time. The second part of the book focuses on depression, bipolar disorder, grief, and other problems too big for kids to handle on their own, and describes what it's like to go to counseling. Includes a special Note to Grownups and a list of resources.

Why Are You So Sad? A Child's Book About Parental Depression
By Beth Andrews (2002)
When a parent has depression, children often feel sad and confused themselves. This interactive book can help by: explaining depression and its treatment in kid terms; reassuring children that their parents can get better; exploring the many feelings children usually have; helping children understand and express their feelings; providing practical tips for coping with a parent's depression; and showing children how they can feel better too. Why Are You So Sad? contains a comprehensive and authoritative note to parents by therapists from the disciplines of clinical social work and clinical psychology.

The Prevention of Depression: The Missing Piece in Wellness
By John Weaver (2009)
Healthy thinking is valuable, both because of reduced expenses and improved quality of life. It involves learning skills associated with mindfulness, optimism and resilience. These ways of thinking have been shown in research to raise your resistance to being diagnosed with a depressive disorder and to assist you to recover more quickly if you go through a period with a depressed mood. In addition, they add to your happiness. In this book, you will learn strategies for learning, practicing, and applying these skills in day-to-day life. You can use it to make healthy thinking a part of your daily routine. Use the 90 tips for becoming more mindful, optimistic, and resilient as a morning meditation, or concentrate on a dimension of one of these skills, like making optimism a more permanent part of your thinking, by applying these tips all day long. It is a fun and practical approach to living a healthy emotional life.

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