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Keeping the Blues Away: The Ten-Step Guide to Reducing the Relapse of Depression
Author: Cate Howell
Pages:  154   Soft Cover
ISBN 13:
Radcliffe Publishing  2010
List Price:  $

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Ratings (1-4 , 4 being the highest):

Organization of information:    3

Usefulness of book:     4

Suitable for intended audience:    4

Author’s objectives met:      4

Significant number of illustrations:     3

Quality of illustrations:    3


Keeping the Blues Away is a clinically tested programme to help prevent depression from returning: it has also shown efficacy in reducing depression severity. It includes information and exercises to teach coping, cognitive-behavioural and interpersonal skills and strategies to prevent relapses, drawing on a wide array of evidence-based techniques. The ten-step programme aims to support the patient as a whole person, and includes free access to supporting relaxation audio material.

The programme is designed for use by GPs or mental health professionals in supporting patients, involving family members or carers where possible, and accommodating medication and the management of co-existing medical problems where necessary.

Keeping the Blues Away will be a key relapse prevention tool for primary care healthcare professionals.

Table of Contents:

bullet Introduction  

bullet Step 1 – Getting started: information about depression  

bullet Step 2 – Assessment and goal setting  

bullet Step 3 – Healthy lifestyle issues  

bullet Step 4 – Useful coping skills  

bullet Step 5 – Helpful thinking or cognitive strategies  

bullet Step 6 – Dealing with psychological issues  

bullet Step 7 – The benefits of activity  

bullet Step 8 – Fostering social support and skills  

bullet Step 9 – Developing a plan to manage early relapse symptoms  

bullet Step 10 – Reassess and review, plus helpful resources  

bullet Resources – where to go for help  


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