Principles of Health: Depression Reviews

“This impressive reference presents information about the use and abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications in a way that makes it useful for healthcare providers as well as the general public. With seamless, concise language and thoughtful simplicity, the book may serve as an invaluable reference for both groups to evaluate and identify signs of drug abuse. The book begins with an introduction to depression, in terms of etiology, theory, and treatment options. Substance abuse is often a co-occurring disorder with depression. According to research, the Latinx population is at high risk for depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, and the LGBTQ community have high rates of depression and substance abuse as well. Various disorders have depressive symptoms including bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, menopause, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Depressive symptoms often lead to suicidal behavior. There is also a seasonal variation component. Some adolescents struggle with stress, leading to depression and potential suicidal ideations. There are assessment tools for detecting depression such as the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). Treatment options for depression are psychotropic medication, psychotherapy, vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), to name a few. The book contains a glossary of terms and a list of organizations to help with mental health issues. The book is easy to read and has hundreds of references to follow up on. What sets this book apart from other similar references is its ease of use. The layout, which makes it easy to locate specific medications, and the explanations of pharmacology and symptoms that may present in situations of abuse are what make this book incredibly valuable. Most references are difficult to read and include much more information than is necessary. This book is easy to read and presents important information to help healthcare providers or laypersons identify drug abuse.” - Doody Enterprises, 2022

“This text provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of clinical depression. The 80 contributors represent a cross section of disciplines, including nursing and various subfields of medicine and psychology. The encyclopedic content consists of short, fully referenced articles alphabetically organized under six topical headings: "What Is Depression," "Types of Depression and Associated Conditions," "Recognizing Depression: Signs and Symptoms," "Screening and Diagnosis," "Treatment and Medications," and "Self Care and Helping Others." The textual material is well written and accessible… This volume can be a suitable resource for undergraduates with or without a health sciences or other science background.” - CHOICE, 2022