Understanding Depression

by Rudy Nydegger


Depression is a major public health and social problem that affects one in six Americans during their lifetime.

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February 2016


Pages 128
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General
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Straightforward and easy to read yet thorough and accurate, this book provides a complete overview of depression that describes the historical background of clinical depression, the various types of mood disorders, and their impact on the health and well-being of people and society.

Depression is a serious health issue that affects a greater proportion of people than many would suspect. A recent report by the World Health Organization stated that depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability for those age 10 to 19 worldwide, and more than 40 percent of U.S. college students reported experiencing symptoms of depression. Written by a clinical psychologist who has treated depressed patients and has also taught and done research in the clinical area for more than 40 years, this book presents the best and most current information that is available about depression that covers general background, theory, research results, and treatment methods in easy-to-understand, nontechnical language.

The book discusses the various different types of mood disorders and what their impact is on the health and well-being of people and society. It helps readers to understand how those who are depressed suffer, what it feels like, and how their symptoms affect their daily lives. One chapter of the book is dedicated to answering a very common question regarding depression: "Who gets it, and why?" Many major and different types of depression are covered, including adjustment disorder with depressed mood, atypical depression, depressive personality disorder, dysthymic disorder, major depressive disorder, postpartum depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, seasonal affective disorder, and unipolar depression. The final chapter of the book draws conclusions based on the information presented, identifies effective treatments for depression, and suggests ways that individuals can cope with depression.


  • Explains simply what depression is, what the causes are, what the symptoms look like, and what the best treatment options are
  • Provides up-to-date information based on current scholarly and clinical materials presented in a very clear and understandable presentation that is ideal for high school and undergraduate students as well as general readers
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Author Info

Rudy Nydegger, PhD, ABPP, is professor of psychology and management at Union College and Union Graduate College in Schenectady, NY. He is a board-certified clinical psychologist with a private practice and consulting firm. Former positions include assistant professor of psychology at Rice University, clinical assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, and adjunct professor at Cornell University. His published work includes Praeger's Understanding Workplace Violence: A Guide for Managers and Employees; Understanding and Treating Depression: Ways to Find Hope and Help; and Dealing with Anxiety and Related Disorders: Understanding, Coping, and Prevention, as well as Greenwood's Suicide and Mental Health. Nydegger has also written numerous chapters in other books and sections of encyclopedias and published many articles and research studies. His website is

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