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Depression sucks. It's a debilitating illness that affects both mind and body-and chances are, at some point in your life, you or someone you love will battle depression. This Is Depression is your guide through the darkness, written by a widely respected authority on the treatment and management of mood disorders. Renowned psychiatrist Dr. Diane McIntosh is a committed and renowned public educator, whose writing on mental illness has earned her a dedicated following on the Huffington Post. Here, she provides you the information you need to understand and combat this serious, isolating disorder. With compassion and humour, Dr. McIntosh takes a science-based approach to explaining the causes, effects, and treatment of depression, while providing evidence that it can be overcome. She outlines how factors such as life experiences, genetics, and hormones play a role in the development and maintenance of depression, and describes the common overlap between depression and other mental and physical illnesses. An expert in pharmacology, Dr. McIntosh reviews the medications available for the treatment of depression, and assesses whether they are worth it, useless--or even dangerous. She also evaluates the efficacy of other forms of treatments, including psychotherapy, brain-stimulation treatments, and exercise. Finally, she describes how all areas of life can be impacted by depression, including the ability to function optimally at home and work. To inspire hope, Dr. McIntosh includes stories, shared with permission, from patients who have overcome depression. She also addresses the questions from patients and their loved ones that she is asked every day. Depression can be a lonely, debilitating illness. Dr. McIntosh provides reassurance that you are not alone, and that there is always a path forward. This book is the first step on that path.