BOOK REVIEW - Living with Depression by Deborah Serani
Book Title: Living with Depression by Deborah Serani
Category: Adult Non-Fiction (18+), 254 pages
Genre: Self-Help, Psychology
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Release date: September 11, 2023
Content Rating: PG: Trigger issues like suicide and non suicidal self injury. Choice words used but rarely.
In the fully updated second edition of Living with Depression, Serani outlines the various forms of depression, describes the different treatments, and outlines methods for living with depression and getting the help you or a loved one needs. However, since the first edition was published, much has changed in the landscape of depression including diagnostic aspects, new disorders, treatments and research, and Deborah Serani covers it all. Tips on how to choose a good therapist, negotiate the labyrinth of healthcare, and minimize stigma are addressed, as is learning how to use biology and biography as tools of empowerment. There is no other book that offers what Living with Depression – giving readers a dual perspective of what it’s like to know depression as a clinician and as a patient.
Living with Depression by Deborah Serani is the book I wish I’d had when I was in my doctoral program and in the throws of an anxiety/depression cycle that felt like it would never end. While I’ve never considered suicide, I understand the role depression plays and the risk that I could slip this far. It’s scary and unsettling to say the least. Thankfully there is a piece of me that keeps moving forward through adversity while building resilience.
I identified with this book on a variety of levels and will be keeping this resource close by. After reading this, I better understand the ways I can handle my depression. The book offers both the emotional and scientific explanations in an easy-to-understand format. The book is well written, and the content is presented from the perspective of someone who has been there. I love this aspect of the book because her empathy shines through her writing.
I look forward to reading more from this author!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Dr. Deborah Serani is a psychologist, professor and an award-winning author, writing about psychological issues. Serani has books published in several genres including non-fiction, self-help, children's picture books and fiction.
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