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How You Can Survive When They're Depressed: Living and Coping with Depression Fallout [Paperback]

By Anne Sheffield (Author), Mike Wallace (Foreword by) & Donald F. Klein (Introduction by)
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Offers coping strategies for the spouses, parents, children, and lovers of depressed people, outlining the five stages of depression fallout

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Each year more than 17 million Americans suffer from a depressive illness, yet few suffer in solitude. How You Can Survive When They're Depressed explores depression from the perspective of those who are closest to the sufferers of this prevalent disorder--spouses, parents, children, and lovers--and gives the successful coping strategies of many people who live with a clinical depressive or manic-depressive and often suffer in silence, believing their own problems have no claim to attention.
Depression fallout is the emotional toll on the depressive's family and close friends who are unaware of their own stressful reactions and needs. Sheffield outlines the five stages of depression fallout: confusion, self-doubt, demoralization, anger, and finally, the desire to escape. Many people will find relief in the knowledge that their self-blame, guilt, sadness, and resentment are a natural result of living with a depressed person.

Sheffield brings together many real-life examples from the pioneering support group she attends at Beth Israel Medical Center of how people with depression fallout have learned to cope. From setting boundaries to maintaining an outside social life, she gives practical tactics for handling the challenges and emotional stresses on a day-to-day basis.

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  • Library Journal Supplements - 05/01/1999 page 40

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Three Rivers Press
Pages   306
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.23" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 18, 1999
Publisher   Three Rivers Press
ISBN  0609804154  
ISBN13  9780609804155  

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More About Anne Sheffield, Mike Wallace & Donald F. Klein

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Anne Sheffield is the daughter of a depressive. She has worked as a scientist at the Population and Development Program of the Battelle Memorial Institute and has run her own consulting firm. For more information on depression fallout, visit the author's Web site:

Anne Sheffield currently resides in the state of New York.

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Reviews - What do customers think about How You Can Survive When They're Depressed: Living and Coping with Depression Fallout?

A fantastic book  May 7, 2007
It is so helpful to know that I can name what I am experiencing, and that I am not alone. The advice and coping strategies in this book have changed my life immeasurably for the better.
how you can survive when theyre depressed.  Jan 18, 2007
I cannot praise this book enough. I have been dealing with my Husbands depression for the past ten years. I had been pulled down in to the black hole with him, believing it was all my fault how unhappy he was.This book has made me realise that it's not me, and its not him, its this awful illness he has. On bad days when everything seemed so hopeless I could read another chapter of this book and feel uplifted. It was like someone had written this book about us! It offers no end of helpful suggestions for yourself and the one you love. It has helped me bring it to my husbands attention and encourage him to get help.Fantastic!!
Remarkably written  Jan 11, 2007
This book deals with depression from the inside out. It is very informative and insightful and a book I would highly recommend for anyone who lives with a depressed person or is depressed.
A valuable read  Nov 5, 2006
This book can be a great help. If you are around someone who is suffering from depression, the load of everyday life can be terribly heavy. It helps so much to understand what is going on with your depressed loved one, but also to know that other people go through this too. The realization that you are not doing everything wrong, though the other makes you feel this way often, is very liberating. It can give you the strength you need to put more time and effort into helping the other conquer or understand their own inner tormentor. It can help you objectify the problem and your role in it, and protect yourself by keeping the necessary distance so that you don't get swallowed up by it - and sometimes even to walk away from it altogether if it threatens to destroy you. And if you can get the other to read it, too, then they can read a more objective - and less accusing - report on what life has been (or is) like for you, making it easier for them to understand what you have been going through, reducing the risk of an unproductive me-you discussion.
Though I tend to want to be self-reliant and think I don't need outside help, I don't honestly know if we (my then-boyfriend and I) would have been able to process, and leave behind us (and move on), the terrible period we had together had it not been for this book.
This book saved my marriage and changed my life!  May 27, 2005
As a spouse of a chronically depressed person, I love my husband but hate his disease. I was considering divorce only because I didn't want my young children to be scarred by the nasty affects of his disease.

Reading this book literally saved my marriage and has allowed us to set some ground rules that enable us to have a happy family life. Ms. Sheffield's explanations of the manifestations of the disease help the spouse to understand and adjust the enormous guilt and grief that comes from living with a depressed spouse.

I have recommended this book to everyone I talk with who is living with a depressed spouse. Her examples offer insight I've found nowhere else. AWESOME BOOK!!!!!

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