Conquering the Symptoms of
Depression and Anxiety

Do you toss and turn at night or wake up at 3 AM unable to get back to sleep? Does sadness overwhelm you at times, leaving you unable to enjoy the people and activities in your life?

When your emotions cloud your outlook, interfere with your relationships or affect the way you sleep at night and function during the day, you may be suffering from depression or an anxiety disorder.

Physicians have achieved stunning success managing these life-altering conditions, and their latest findings can be shared with you right now.

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The 2018 Depression and Anxiety White Paper


Your Annual Guide to Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment


You're not the only one who feels sad or worried at times. It's normal. Life provides us with plenty of reasons to worry - about our families, our country, and our basic health and safety.

It's perfectly natural for you to respond to the ups and downs we all experience with elation or disappointment.

It's normal and expected for you to feel grief at the loss of a loved one, a job or a precious possession.

It's common, and occasionally even helpful, for you to react with anxiety to life's stresses, challenges and dangers.

  • What's NOT perfectly natural is when those feelings persist long after the event or condition that triggered them.
  • What's NOT normal and expected is when those feelings seem to come at you from nowhere, appearing even in the absence of obvious external triggers.
  • What's certainly NOT helpful is feeling the weight of your emotions so heavily that it interferes with sleep, prevents you from performing daily activities or arouses concern in the people who care about you.

In its milder forms, depression or anxiety can make it difficult to even get yourself out of bed each morning and to go through the motions of your daily activities. Fatigue, inertia, feelings of sadness and recurring fears can hover like a rain cloud over your life.

In their more severe forms, depression or an anxiety disorder can immobilize you, sabotage your relationships, trigger feelings of helplessness and self-destructive behavior, and perhaps even turn your thoughts to suicide.

You DON'T have to suffer this way

With new medications that promise greater relief with fewer side effects, as well as dramatic breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment, specialists are expertly prepared to help you find relief. The very latest information and the best professional advice are spelled out in an important new White Paper for informed healthcare consumers like you. It's like inviting a medical specialist into your own home.

Introducing Your Depression and Anxiety Expert

Dr. Sagar V. Parikh, M.D., is the John F. Greden Professor of Depression and Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Michigan Medical School and Professor of Health Management and Policy at the university's School of Public Health. He is also Associate Director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center. Previously, he was Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, where he had been Director of Continuing Mental Health Education and Head of General Psychiatry.

Dr. Parikh is the author/editor of two books and nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and monographs, and coauthor of the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT) treatment guidelines for depression and for bipolar disorder. He has conducted clinical trials examining the combination of medication and psychotherapy for bipolar disorder and for depression, as well as pharmacotherapy trials in mood disorders. As medical director of the Mensante Corp. in Toronto, he helped create a novel internet system for the recognition and management of mental disorders.

Dr. Parikh is Medical Director of the National Network of Depression Centers (USA), serves as Secretary of the International Society of Affective Disorders and as Co-Head, Section of Affective Disorders, World Psychiatric Association. He has received many awards for his teaching, most recently the Association of Chairs of Psychiatry Award for Excellence in Education.

The focus of the 2018 Depression and Anxiety White Paper is on understanding and successfully coping with the most common mood and anxiety disorders.

You will benefit if you, or someone you care about, is affected by any of the following conditions:

  • Major depression
  • Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Phobic disorders

While medication is often a significant part of treatment for mood or anxiety disorders, these conditions often have multiple causes and may respond best to a combination of treatments. The 2018 Depression and Anxiety White Paper raises your awareness of the issues involved and increases your confidence in the choices you make about your health.

Consider:

  • What causes mood disorders like depression and bipolar disorder, and what kind of chemical changes take place in the brain when people get depressed?
  • Does depression "run in the family"? What researchers have learned from studies of identical twins, fraternal twins and adopted children whose biological parents had a mood disorder. But genetics are not the only driving force for depression.
  • How do people with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) respond to the brain changes that accompany shorter days and lack of sunlight?
  • Find out which medications can worsen your depression and anxiety.
  • Learn the differences between generalized anxiety disorder and normal worry.

Test your own knowledge and see how accurately
you can answer the following questions:

TRUE OR FALSE: Depression is a normal part of aging.

TRUE OR FALSE: Bipolar disorder follows a predictable pattern, appearing in adolescence or young adulthood and progressing through symmetrical cycles of mania and depression.

TRUE OR FALSE: Although exercise can ease anxiety, you need at least an hour of vigorous aerobic movement to help jog yourself out of a negative feedback loop.

Although many Americans are convinced of their truth, each of the above statements is FALSE. The 2018 Depression and Anxiety White Paper explains why and gives you accurate, responsible information to replace any misinformation you've acquired.

You will have less to worry about when your copy of the 2018 Depression and Anxiety White Paper arrives.

Recent advances in our understanding of mood and anxiety disorders, as well as the development of newer, safer and more effective medications, are giving doctors new treatment options for their patients.

NEW DRUGS with better results and fewer side effects

Finding the best medications can take time, patience and an intimate knowledge of the full array of medications available today for the range of symptoms and causes surrounding depression and anxiety.

When you read the 2018 Depression and Anxiety White Paper you will learn how doctors zero in on the right medication for a given condition. Understand what options are available when the first (or second) drug your doctor tries doesn't provide relief... or causes unacceptable side effects. Learn about new drugs that show promise.

Look for it when you receive your White Paper ...

  • Charts of the most common medications, antidepressant drugs, drugs for the treatment of bipolar disorder, and commonly used anti-anxiety drugs. Generic and brand names, average daily dosages, side effects and special risks are clearly spelled out.
  • Why depression aggravates chronic illness such as diabetes, arthritis, back problems and asthma.
  • Ways to ease anxiety without taking medication.

Groundbreaking research that's changing
the way doctors treat depression and anxiety

When you are depressed, reaching out for help can sometimes take more strength and energy than you've got. But it's important that you learn right now what the medical breakthroughs in this White Paper could mean for you.

Among this year's highlights:

  • Investigating new ways to diagnose depression. Research aims to shorten the time from diagnosis to the right treatment. Although researchers have struggled to link psychiatric symptoms to specific measurable changes in the brain or body, so far there is no objective diagnostic test for depression. But that may be about to change. There’s growing hope that it won’t be long before simple diagnostic tests are available to identify specific subtypes of depression—and to help doctors prescribe the most effective treatment for each individual patient. Learn more about this development and what it may mean for diagnosis and treatment of depression.
  • The biology of depression and anxiety. Although a comprehensive understanding of the causes of depression and anxiety has not been reached, researchers have identified certain biological changes that may predispose a person to these disorders. You'll find a summary of some of the theories that are currently under exploration.
  • Having trouble sleeping? An effective nondrug option for chronic insomnia may help. To fend off nightly tossing and turning, some people with chronic insomnia—difficulty initiating, maintaining, or obtaining good quality sleep—take a sleep medication. But this strategy can have drawbacks. Learn why and what changes you might be able to make to get a better night's sleep.
  • Get expert answers to questions from patients and loved ones like this one: "A family member was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. What should I know about episodes of mania and depression?"
  • When antidepressants hinder sex. How to regain your sex life without stopping your treatment. Having a satisfying sex life may be a challenge for those who take antidepressants. If your sex life is important to you, as it is for many people 50 and older, there are some ways to regain intimacy without having to stop taking an antidepressant altogether. Learn about your options.
  • What to expect if the first antidepressant you try doesn’t help.
  • Are you overprescribed? Taking multiple brain-affecting drugs comes with serious risks. Learn how to reduce your risk of bad reactions.
  • Studies have shown that two very different approaches to treating depression—antidepressant medications and psychotherapy—are both effective. But both can be problematic for patients, as well. New evidence now suggests that another option may be helpful for some patients.
  • Is group therapy effective?
  • A diet for depression? Can improving your diet improve your mental state?
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) vs. normal worry: A checklist that may help you distinguish between normal worry and GAD.
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation: Can this therapy play a role in relieving depression?

Our popular "Ask the Doctor" column in the 2018 Depression and Anxiety White Paper features expert answers to the questions on YOUR mind now as you look for the best treatment for your mood disorders.

No matter how much you read or surf the internet—and no matter how well-informed your own doctor may be what you discover in the White Paper will be truly new information you won't get any other way.

Use the 2018 Depression and Anxiety White Paper to understand your condition, speak knowledgeably with your own doctor and ensure that you get the best treatment available today.

Real help managing your moods on a daily basis

Mood disorders require understanding and the tools to cope with the ups and downs that are inevitable. More times than you can imagine, you will turn to the White Paper for answers, advice and perspective.

  • Recognizing when thoughts or behavior cross the line and are signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • How do you know if you have a medical condition like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
  • Who is most likely to experience anxiety?
  • Many people are curious about alternative treatments for depression, either because they hope to avoid drug-related side effects or because they are reluctant to see a doctor for their depression. Learn how self-treatment can put people at risk, however.

Many mood disorders can be successfully treated with some combination of medication, psychotherapy and time. But researchers are always on the lookout for new options, and several are generating interest right now. Although these are far from being adopted as standard treatments, they may be intriguing future options.

Tested and proven drug-free ways to boost your mood

Prescription drugs aren't always the whole answer. There are steps you can take in your daily life to lift your spirits and improve your emotional outlook. Doctors want you to know what can and can't be achieved with:

EXERCISE. Can exercise really help relieve symptoms of mild depression? Doctors are looking beyond just the release of endorphins (hormones that reduce pain and can boost mood) to exercise's beneficial role.

LIGHT THERAPY. You don't have to be a doctor to know how a sunny day can brighten your mood. Just how does bright-light therapy compare with antidepressant medications for seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and mild to moderate depression? The 2018 Depression and Anxiety White Paper gives you scientifically supported ways to get the maximum benefit.

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Your purchase of the Depression and Anxiety White Paper supports the School of Public Health faculty and students in their work to confront the major health challenges of our generation. A portion of every sale goes to funding scholarships. Your purchase will directly benefit your own health as well as those in your community.

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Top Reasons to Order Right Now

1) It comes straight from a specialist with the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center— the first ever multi-disciplinary center dedicated to research, education and treatment of depressive and bipolar illnesses.

2) Valuable resources—the 2018 Depression and Anxiety White Paper includes a listing of national support groups and health information organizations.

3) Access leading edge mental health research—your connection to medical specialists at the leading edge of mental health research will help you work with your doctor to achieve the best results.

4) Consumer friendly and easy to understand—simply, brilliantly and accurately, the White Paper translates scientific research into plain English that consumers can understand and easily use. A helpful glossary is included so you will never be confused by medical terminology.

5) The most accurate information—the 2018 Depression and Anxiety White Paper brings you up to speed on landmark research underway at leading medical centers around the world. The choices you make should be based on what medical researchers now know.

6) Minimize drug side effects—the 2018 Depression and Anxiety White Paper includes detailed information on the array of medications used today, including special risks and precautions to consider.

7) Ensure state-of-the-art care—use your knowledge of the most effective treatments to work with your own doctor to achieve the best results.

8) Explore your alternatives—you will have a specialist's perspective on alternative and self-care remedies, including herbal treatments, light therapy and exercise.

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