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Dana Crowley Jack offers startling new insights into the roots of female depression as she illuminates why women are far more likely than men to suffer major depression in adulthood. "Silencing the Self" is the first sweeping overview of depression in women that draws on new understandings of the importance of relationships in women's lives. Attending closely to what depressed women have to say about their lives, Jack reframes major concepts of depression, freeing them from traditional models that have restricted our ability to listen to women's perspectives on depression. Jack weaves these voices of depressed women directly into her discussion, providing new meanings to familiar themes: dependence, pleasing, anger, goodness, low self-esteem. These women clearly articulate a no-win, either/or tension in their lives, a tension between sacrificing their own needs in order to preserve a relationship and acting on their needs and feelings at the risk of losing the relationship. Their stories bring to light the "activity required to be passive"--the way women actively silence themselves in order to cultivate and maintain intimate relationships. To accommodate, they learn to censor themselves, to devalue their experience, to repress anger, to be silent. Examining moral themes in depressed women's narratives, Jack demonstrates how internalized cultural expectations of feminine goodness affect women's behavior in relationships and precipitate the plunge into depression. In a brilliant synthesis, Jack draws on myth and fairy tale for metaphors to further the understanding of depressed women. "Silencing the Self" makes a major contribution to the psychology of women by drawing fromthe recent literature on women's relational self and detailing its relevance to female depression. This insightful approach to the dynamic of female depression forges new pathways to self-change, therapy, and research.
Prozac Backlash: Overcoming the Dangers of Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Other Antidepressants with Safe, Effective Alternatives
Roughly 28 million Americans -- one in every ten -- have taken Prozac, Zoloft, or Paxil or a similar antidepressant, yet very few patients are aware of the dangers of these drugs, nor are they aware that better, safer alternatives exist. Now Harvard Medical School's Dr. Joseph Glenmullen documents the ominous long-term side effects associated with these and other serotonin-boosting medications. These side effects include neurological disorders, such as disfiguring facial and whole-body tics that can indicate brain damage; sexual dysfunction in up to 60 percent of users; debilitating withdrawal symptoms, including visual hallucinations, electric shock-like sensations in the brain, dizziness, nausea, and anxiety; and a decrease of antidepressant effectiveness in about 35 percent of long-term users. In addition, Dr. Glenmullen's research and riveting case studies shed shocking new light on the direct link between these drugs and suicide and violence. "Prozac Backlash" provides authoritative, balanced information on the efficacy of these drugs, explaining how they react chemically in the body, when they should and should not be prescribed, and what risks they present. Equally important, the book informs readers of the many safe, effective alternatives to using such drugs -- alternatives that can restore your spirits, keep your weight down, and make your sex life as vital as ever. Dr. Glenmullen argues that antidepressant drug therapy is justified only in moderate to severe cases -- no more than 25 percent of patients currently taking these drugs -- and that we should avoid patients' exposure to these drugs whenever possible. The dangerous side effects, he points out, are caused byProzac backlash, which is the brain's reaction to artificially elevated levels of serotonin. Using vivid real-life stories from his work at Harvard, his private practice, and the latest medical research, Dr. Glenmullen explains the real role of serotonin in depression and challenges the popular, hypothetical notion of a "serotonin deficiency" allegedly corrected by the drugs. He relates the research history of Prozac and similar drugs, and includes disturbing facts about the influence of drug companies and HMOs on media representation of that research. "Prozac Backlash" offers new hope to millions with effective alternative treatments, including psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral treatment, herbal remedies like St. John's wort, family therapy, and twelve-step programs. Dr. Glenmullen shows how these alternatives work not only for depression but for a wide range of problems, such as anxiety, phobias, obsessions, compulsions, sexual addictions, drug and alcohol abuse, and eating disorders. He also provides countless examples of the successful application of these treatments where drug exposure has been reduced or eliminated altogether. Written by a doctor with impeccable credentials, "Prozac Backlash" is filled with com
Join author Ellen Richardson, a trained individual, marriage and family therapist, in Hope for the Heavy Heart: For the War-Weary and the Heaven-bent as she teaches that just as we did not create ourselves or will ourselves into being, the way of and time of our death needs to be left in the hands of the Creator. She learned this when unbelievable circumstances led her to try to take her own life, an attempt that landed her in a wheelchair. If your suffering has ever led you to think of ending your life, you need to read Hope for the Heavy Heart: For the War-Weary and the Heaven-bent. 'This was not the easiest book I've ever read, far from it It's pages are littered with pain and despair and a painfully heavy heart. But each page is also dripping with hope. Hope that there is true, radiant, and unending light at the end of a very dark tunnel.' -Dion Oxford is the founding director of the Salvation Army Gateway, a 108-bed shelter for men who are homeless. Raised in a highly dysfunctional family, Ellen Richardson was diagnosed with major depression in her early 20's. Despite these challenges, she completed two degrees, including a Master of Divinity in Counseling. In her life, she had three near-fatal suicide attempts, one of which left her a paraplegic in May, 2001. Since then, she has worked as a therapist, has led group therapy, was leader/coordinator of an adult Bible class, has preached, and is currently a facilitator and speaker for the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario.