Managing the Depression Puzzle

book cover: Managing the Depression Puzzle by Ashley L. Peterson

Managing the Depression Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together is the newest book from Ashley L. Peterson, BScPharm, BSN, MPN, and Mental Health @ Home Books.

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Managing the Depression Puzzle provides a comprehensive look at how to manage depressive illnesses, regardless of the specific diagnosis. A wide range of strategies are presented, from illness treatment to wellness promotion, with the recognition that everyone’s depression puzzle is unique, and not every potential puzzle piece will be the right fit.

Topics include medications, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), a range of different forms of psychotherapy, supplements and herbal products, activation, mindfulness, self-care, and more.  Elements of the depression experience like treatment resistance, stigma, decision-making around disclosure, and identity management are also discussed.

Managing the Depression Puzzle draws on the author’s education and experience as a mental health nurse and former pharmacist, as well as personal experience living with treatment-resistant major depressive disorder.  The approach is pragmatic, candid, and realistic about the potential usefulness of different interventions.  Knowledge is power, and the more you know about your options, the better the position you’re in to manage your illness.

potential pieces of the depression puzzle: meds, self-care, therapy,,e

Chapter List

  1. Defining depression
  2. Medications for depression
  3. Evidence-based treatment guidelines for medications
  4. Somatic treatments
  5. Psychotherapy
  6. Complementary & alternative therapies
  7. Activation
  8. Mindfulness
  9. Self-care
  10. Understanding your illness
  11. Coping with specific symptoms
  12. Creating a holistic plan
  13. Living with a chronic illness

Readers’ responses to Managing the Depression Puzzle

The most important thing I wanted to mention to you is that right from the start I love the tone of this book. I felt as if Ashley was an experienced guide and was holding my hand and reassuring me, as she explained all sorts of facets of a mental health diagnosis and the array of potential treatments to aid recovery. 

Caramel (Learner at Love)

Knowledge is power and that power is provided in this book. I would recommend it for everyone who is interested in depression, is with living the illness themselves, knows somebody struggling with depression or who wants to have a better understanding of the condition.

– Five star review from Kacha of Food.for.Thoughts.

I wasn’t sure this book would have a lot of relevance to my life, since my episodes of depression haven’t been “that bad.” I was wrong. I found tons of helpful info throughout Ashley’s book. 

Five star review from author Paula Light

It’s mind-blowing to me how much info is packed in this seemingly tiny book… I would also highly recommend it for anyone with depression or, more specifically, if they’ve tried different treatment options and are still depressed. There are so many ideas in here that if I were depressed, I’d feel hopeful just from reading this.

– Meg of Where Good Advice Happens…

I think my favorite aspect of this book is that it is truly holistic, in that it covers both medical and alternative methods to use in handling depression… Whether you favor traditional or intuitive medicine, you are sure to find helpful, effective strategies for handling your depression symptoms in this informational read.

Maranda Russell on Amazon

“I believe that this book will be a great resource for those struggling with depression and those who care for someone with depression. I would not hesitate to suggest this book to my therapy clients, as it is both clinically sound and user-friendly.

Johnzelle Anderson of Panoramic Counseling

Related Posts on MH@H

You can find all of the posts on MH@H about depression on the Blog Index. The following posts are specifically based on the book:

Managing the Depression Puzzle Graphics

Symptoms of major depressive disorder
From Managing the Depression Puzzle by Ashely L. Peterson, a chart contrasting illness treatment strategies and wellness promotion strategies for depression
List of major illnesses that involve depression: major depressive disorder, bipolar, dysthymia, cyclothymia, PMDD, and schizoaffective disorder
Forms of psychotherapy for depression
list of somatic treatments for depression, taken from Managing the Depression Puzzle
List of supplements that can help with depression, from Managing the Depression Puzzle by Ashley L. Peterson
Mental health book series bundle from M@H Books and Ashley L. Peterson

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