New book by University of Louisville professor enables reader to develop personalized anti-depression plan

December 06, 2011

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A new book co-authored by the director of the University of Louisville Depression Center recognizes that depression is different for everyone and provides techniques and strategies for each person to develop a personalized action plan to combat depression.

"Breaking Free from Depression: Pathways to Wellness" is available in paperback now from Guilford Press. An e-book version is currently being developed.

Its authors are Dr. Jesse Wright, director of the UofL Depression Center and professor of psychiatry, and his daughter, Dr. Laura McCray, a family physician with the University of Vermont. They have seen thousands of clinically depressed patients in their practices and understand that there is no one-size-fits-all universal cure.

The book provides six treatment methods for depression and is written so that readers can put together a personalized plan that works best for each individual. The book contains worksheets, questionnaires and exercises that will help guide readers to learn what is truly helpful to them in developing a treatment plan for depression.

"There are many different paths that lead to depression and equally as many paths that can be taken to wellness," Wright said. "Fortunately, you do not have to choose one path out of depression. You can combine ideas and methods from more than one perspective on depression to craft a plan that works best for you."

Mental health providers have long believed that self-management is a key to successfully dealing with depression and Wright and McCray present evidence-based strategies for doing so in clear, compassionate language. Options from antidepressant drugs and behavior techniques to diet and lifestyle changes and spiritual resources are outlined in the book.

"Each of the paths is based on a different way of understanding depression and overcoming it," Wright said. "Whatever 'itinerary' you choose, this book will help you overcome roadblocks that have prevented you from achieving wellness in the past."

"This invaluable guide, written by a psychiatrist and a family doctor, is unique in its balanced coverage of psychotherapy, medication and other treatments for depression. It is clearly written and chock-full of tips and resources. If you suffer from depression, this is the best single book I've seen for you and your family," said Dr. Michael E. Thase, co-author of "Beating the Blues."
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About the authors

Jesse H. Wright holds both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees and is well-known in the psychiatric profession as an authority on depression and cognitive behavioral therapy. He has authored award-winning books for both mental health professionals and the general public. He was founding president of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and is a past recipient of UofL's Distinguished Educator of the Year Award.

Laura W. McCray is an M.D. who practices family medicine in Burlington, Vt., with a focus on mental health in primary care. She is clinical assistant professor of family medicine and associate director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at the University of Vermont. She is a recipient of family medicine teaching awards both at the University of Vermont and the University of Pennsylvania.

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