An indispensable guide offering insight and support to carers of people with depression.
An indispensable guide offering insight and support to carers of people with depression
Looking after a person with depression can often leave carers emotionally and physically exhausted. This short, straightforward and easily understandable guide offers valuable advice on how carers can:
- better understand the nature of depression and how it affects both patient and carer
- have a clearer understanding of the treatment options for the patient, including medication and therapy
- lessen the impact of the illness on the carer's life
- find the help and support they need
- maintain their own well-being whilst supporting the patient through to recovery and beyond
Although aimed at the carer, this is a guide that is equally valuable to the patient themselves and to their wider family and friends in promoting a better understanding of the experience of depression.
Tony Frais, who has been treated himself for severe depression, has written a book specifically aimed at the carers of people who have depression. He aims it to be a bridge between very short patient leaflet and long self-help books... The unique points are the sections on the impact on carers and the focus on carers looking after themselves... The narrative is interspersed with quotes from carers, giving a personalised aspect.
Written in a style and language that is informative and supportive... Tony Frais is very clear on the challenges carers of those with depression face and leads the reader through both patient and carer journeys...This guide is the right length, written in appropriate language and will be a great support for those who care. - National Institue for Health Research - Service Users in Research Bulletin
I wish I'd read this 20 years ago; having suffered myself with severe depression for many years and now being a carer of a someone with depression, it would have been so helpful to have a resource like this... I found the information in the guide interesting, useful and easy to follow. Because of Tony's experience, this booklet is well thought out and helps the reader to understand the steps involved for both carers and patient. - The Leeds Teaching Hospitals - Patient/Carer Community Newsletter