With growing access to health information, people who suffer from depression are increasingly eager to play an active role in the management of their symptoms. The goal of self-management is to support patients in monitoring and managing their symptoms and provide them with additional resources to promote recovery, enhance quality of life, and prevent relapse. For clinicians, self-management holds promise for improving practice efficiency and efficacy by helping patients maximize their improvement outside of treatment sessions. Self-Management of Depression is written for clinicians who wish to empower their patients to take more active steps to manage depression. Chapters cover care management, self-assessment, exercise, self-help books and computer programs, meditation, and peer-support groups and strategies for how to incorporate self-management into a treatment plan are described. Reproducible handouts to support patients are also available online. This book is relevant to clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers and primary care physicians.
Preface; 1. The use of self-management for depression; 2. Care management of depression: treatment of depression in primary care and the need for a multidisciplinary approach; 3. Self-assessment instruments for depression; 4. Self-help: the role of bibliotherapy and computerized psychotherapy in self-management for depression; 5. Physical exercise as a form of self-management for depression; 6. Self-management of depression using meditation; 7. Cultivating social support: the role of peer-support in self-management; 8. Putting it all together: applying self-management for depression in your practice; Index.