Hand-Me-Down Blues: How to Stop Depression From Spreading in Families

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With the increasing prevalence of depression in the United States, the greater availability of “cleaner” antidepressants, and the downward pressure on reimbursement for primary care office visits, many caregivers have adopted a simplified approach consisting of pharmacotherapy as the only treatment for depression. As a result, the multidimensional aspect of depression is often ignored. In his book directed at individuals and their family members affected by depression, Yapko first presents a complicated multifactorial basis for depression and then breaks down the treatment and prevention into skills for building family strengths.​

Primary Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2000;2(3):106-106 [book review]