Helping Others with Depression: Words to Say, Things to Do

Author: Susan J. Noonan, MD, MPH
Publisher: Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Date Published: 2020
Pages: 272
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Expiration Date: 12/31/2024

- “I am keeping this as an excellent resource for the veterans and caregivers I work with in my nursing practice with the VA. I thought I already had a good understanding of bipolar mood disorder, but I really didn’t until I read this textbook.”

- “I learned that finding the right words can make a big difference in building trust with patients who have depression and mood disorders.”

- “The textbook was clear and straightforward. It is in step with current issues (e.g. social media).”

- “There has been a tremendous increase in patients suffering with mood disorders. It does challenge nursing care at the bedside. The information is greatly appreciated and will be incorporated in my everyday interactions.”

- “I really enjoyed this one. It felt “therapeutic.” I loved the real-life strategies and candid insights provided by the author. I thought the book was very informative and readable. It felt like I was having a conversation with the author. I will recommend it to friends and family looking for coping strategies and direction in their struggles with a person with depression.”

- “May be too simple for advanced nurses.”



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Mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder are biologic conditions of the mind and body that affect our everyday functioning, thoughts, feelings, and actions. Often devastating to the person, mood disorders can also be overwhelming to family and close friends, who are frequently the first to recognize the subtle changes and symptoms of depression and the ones who provide daily support. Yet many feel unsure about how to help someone through the course of this difficult and disabling illness.

  • Describes effective communication and support strategies to use during episodes of depression.
  • Combines sample narratives with concrete suggestions for what to say and how to encourage and support a loved one.
  • Helps readers understand how to navigate difficult situations, such as a loved one refusing treatment or grappling with suicidal thoughts.
  • Focuses on different populations, including teenagers, older adults, and people with substance abuse issues.

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