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  1. Depression Fallout: The Impact of Depression on Couples and What You Can Do to Preserve the Bond
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  2. Depression Fallout: The Impact of Depression on Couples and What You Can Do to Preserve the Bond

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Using the vivid, poignant and personal stories of the members of a website support group she founded (, Anne Sheffield, the author of two highly acclaimed books on depression, provides an honest record of what happens to a love relationship once depression enters the picture, and offers solid advice on what the non–depressed partner can do to improve his or her own life and the relationship.

Of the millions of people who suffer from a depressive illness, few suffer in solitude. They draw the people they love – spouses, parents, children, lovers, friends – into their illness. In her first book, How You Can Survive When They're Depressed, Anne Sheffield coined the phrase 'depression fallout' to describe the emotional toll on the depressive's family and close friends who are unaware of their own stressful reactions and needs. She outlined the five stages of depression fallout (confusion, self–doubt, demoralisation, anger, and the need to escape) and explained that these reactions are a natural result of living with a depressed person.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I'd like to offer some counter feedback to the otherwise glowing reviews this book already has. I bought this book looking for help on how to manage my feelings and responses towards my depressed wife. From reading up about depression, my wife displays some pretty common themes: apathy, lack of intimacy, uncommunicative and exhaustion, to name a few. When my wife goes through these bouts of depression, my responses to her behavior are usually frustration, anger and resentment. I thought this book my help guide me how to manage and refocus those feelings.

Instead, this book labels the person that is angry as the one who is depressed, and it's my wife who needs to learn to deal with me. Anne Sheffield very definitively categorizes all depressed people as combative, prone to lashing out and pushing their partner away, which is not my wife at all. She offers no variation to her definition of depression and uses only her own personal experiences with depression, as well as the... Read more
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE THE DEPRESSED PERSON. I read many medical and psychology books, so when this book arrived I assumed it was for me. I have suffered from serious major depression for 25 years, as the result of a severe head injury in a car accident. When I read this book I was simply horrified. Throughout the book the author says that it is the DEPRESSED person's fault that the partner is hurt, it is the DEPRESSED person's "choice" to remain depressed, and because of this the non-DEPRESSED person basically gets a free pass for any of their feelings or actions toward the depressed person. Depression is not a choice. I have fought as hard as I could for the past 25 years. Believe me, I feel bad about any pain I have caused others. But to blame the depressed person for all the feelings of the non-depressed person and to insinuate that the depressed person wants to feel this way is unfair. There must be other books out there that cover the same subject but without... Read more
If you or your partner is depressed you should read this book, because it does have a lot of stories and a lot of information about depression that will help you understand the illness and what is going on in your loved ones head. I do wish this book would be more hopeful. I felt like a lot of the stories talked about how a depressed relationship can rarely work and if it does its a long miserable life for both partners. I wanted to finish the book feeling like we could work through this illness together and live happy again one day, and even though the book gave a few examples of couples who made it and are still happy, most of the book will make you feel like having a relationship with a depressive is hopeless and that you should prepare for a terrible life of sadness. I did like reading about other people going through what I am going through, and learning some new depression facts I never knew before, and I do think it is a good book to read for people who want info on this... Read more
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