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O'Connor (Happy at Last), formerly executive director of the Northwest Center for Family Service and Mental Health in Lakewood, CT, and now in private practice, here revises and updates his successful 1997 title on depression. Continuing his sensible analysis of how everyday habitual behaviors can fuel depression and the most effective skills for combating it, he adds two new chapters, one on the importance of meditation and positive thinking and the other on stress-related diseases and afflictions that have an impact on depression. In addition, he provides current information on newly released medications for depression, cognitive concerns regarding depression, the benefits of exercise in overcoming depression, the link between post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, and new insights on the connection between depression and attention deficit disorder and emphasizes how his self-help exercises can assist psychotherapy in diminishing the need for psychoactive medications. Verdict Though readers suffering from depression should consult a professional for the most appropriate mode of treatment, O'Connor's extensive experience and no-nonsense approach result in a refreshing new addition to the vast literature on depression that will be of value to helping professionals and erudite readers.-Dale Farris, Groves, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.