A comprehensive approach to living, and living WELL, with depression.
One out of four Americans will experience mental illness in their lifetime; major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the United States for ages 15 through 44. However, only a fraction of those suffering will seek treatment, leaving the rest alone to suffer in silence. 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.
As mental health issues are on the rise, finding resources to help sufferers and their loved ones do more than just cope is essential. Serani helps set readers on the path to living, and living well, with depression.
Deborah Serani, PsyD, is a go-to media expert on a variety of psychological issues. Her interviews can be found in ABC News, Newsday, Women’s Health & Fitness, The Chicago Tribune, The Associated Press, and affiliate radio station programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. She is a ShareCare Expert for Dr. Oz, writes for Psychology Today, helms the Ask the Therapist column for Esperanza Magazine and has worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. A licensed psychologist in practice over twenty years, Serani is also an adjunct professor at Adelphi University and author of the award-winning book Living with Depression (Rowman & Littlefield) and Depression and Your Child (Rowman & Littlefield). Most recently, she has published a series of children’s books addressing mental health.
New York psychologist Serani helps patients understand their depression by first understanding what depression is, and then how to navigate the complex system of seeking effective treatment. In the first chapter, Serani shares her own experience with debilitating depression with hopes that her experience 'will serve as an encouraging reminder that depression can be treated.' As she moves into the more scientific sections of the book, she uses examples from her personal and professional experiences to provide more rounded explanations. She understands and acknowledges the reserves people have about using medication and consciously addresses the different treatments with that in mind. The aim of this book is to help patients come to terms with the diagnosis and the attendant stigma attached. . . . Much of the focus is on being proactive and utilizing available resources.
An extremely well-written exploration of the illness....This resource-rich guidebook outlines the forms of depression, covers various treatments, offers guidance on choosing a therapist, and helps readers navigate health-care challenges like insurance reimbursement. Serani begins on a very personal note, relating her own struggles with depression and thoughts of suicide, followed by a decades-long search for the right treatment. Her frustration is likely to resonate with others who feel that depression is controlling their lives, and the subsequent chapters on how to live with the illness are likely to provide comfort and empowerment.
Psychologist Serani shares her own experience and related research in an effort to help all those suffering from depression to understand the disease and negotiate the labyrinth of health-care options and stigma attached to depression. She advocates knowing one's triggers, avoiding toxic people, staying connected with support systems, and making a plan to thwart suicide attempts. Serani offers validity and help to those who suffer from mood disorders but feel ashamed or don't know where to turn for help. This is a valuable resource with the potential to save lives.
It delivers—with details about her own depression and treatment woven into a useful primer geared to the suffering and their families....Her advice extends beyond the usual.
This book is a rare find. Living with Depression: Why Biology and Biography Matter along the Path to Hope and Healing manages to explain depression in terms of human biology and experience without downplaying either aspect....Not only does Living with Depression give a truly holistic view of depression and its treatments, it gives it in an easily understandable format....Perhaps most impressive is how the author has also included a section on how to find a therapist, doctor, and alternative treatment—often the biggest hurdle for people seeking treatment. She also describes how to find affordable medication and tips on communicating with insurance companies. These issues are often omitted from books, so while readers may end up understanding their illness, they have no idea what to do about it....Living with Depression is not a medical or psychological treatise, it is perhaps something better: an easy, comprehensive explanation of depression and how to get help.
I’m really glad that Deborah Serani decided to update her smart, practical and useful primer on living with and treating depression. As a practicing psychologist who has managed her own depression with medication for decades, she brings a uniquely balanced and empathetic perspective to many issues that will help people get help and stay mentally healthy.
I wish I had this book decades ago! Beautifully written and informative and a valuable tool in our fight against depression. One of the best books I’ve read about understanding and living with depression, and I’ve read most of them. Thank you Deb Serani for once again reinforcing the idea that we are not alone.
10/26/23, Mental Health Matters podcast / Jefferson Public Radio: Dr. Deborah Serani discusses the book and offers insights into the mechanics of depression.
11/1/23, On the Couch / LA Talk Radio: Dr. Michelle Cohen features the book and interviews Dr. Deborah Serani about her own experiences with depression.
11/7/23, Shrink Rap Radio: Dr. Deborah Serani talks about the book with Dr. David Van Nuys.