Up to 1 in 5 people in the UK suffer from diagnosable depression (bbc.co.uk) - that's approximately 12 million people.
Depression takes multiple forms, including seasonal affective disorder, bipolar disorder, and postnatal depression.
Research by the BBC claims that up to 75 of sufferers are not receiving any form of professional medication or therapy, which strongly suggests that self-help is often a preferred course of action.
Overcoming Depression For Dummies outlines practical methods for recognising and managing the symptoms of depression for those readers who might be too scared to go to their GP, who want to know more about the illness before they seek professional medical guidance, or for those who are just curious about depression and what it means. Overcoming Depression For Dummies:* Is written by an expert team of clinical psychologists and provides step-by-step guidelines on proven therapeutic exercises and ways to implement positive psychology methods* Provides sound advice on nutrition, relaxation and support, to help make those vital first steps towards a happier life* Gives comprehensive information on the wide variety of prescription medication and complementary therapies available, including their effectiveness and side effects* Is aimed at people suffering from depression looking for straightforward, realistic advice and also loved ones and parents of those suffering from depression wanting to better understand the condition and find out how they can help.