All About Depression


Edition: 2

Copyright: 2019

Pages: 219

Details: Electronic Delivery EBOOK | 180 days |

The impact of depression on the lives of many Americans has been profound. It manifests itself across issues of race, ethnicity, gender, age, physical ability/disability, and sexual orientation. Indeed, no group is immune from its effects.

The general public has had its awareness of the issue increased and its interest peaked, but most remain largely unsophisticated about recognition and treatment possibilities, other than medication. Furthermore, certain segments of the public believe that depression is relegated to particular racial/ethnic groups, and that some of us simply do not have to worry about it.

The ground-breaking publication All About Depression destroys these myths by reminding the reader that these cannot be further from the truth.

All About Depression:

  • Navigates the pathways to a more informed and enlightened approach to dealing with this most formidable of mental health challenges.
  • Is a coherent and functional publication that challenges assumptions about who can be effected by mental illness, who can be educated about a particular illness like depression, who can be enlisted for support, what type of interventions are appropriate, and what type of resources are broadly available to assist an individual or family in confronting the challenges associated with depression.
  • Offers comprehensive yet understandable explanations about the social, biological, physiological, and psychological factors that impact issues of depression.
  • Is more than just an informational resource - it is about issues of empowerment. More than statistics, this book is about hope. More than simply treatment regimens, this document is about possibility. 

Preface to Second Edition

PART I—Short Story: “What Happens When My Mind Gets Sick?”
The Next Day . . . Mom Takes Dad to the Doctor
Later That Day
Doctor Beatriz Garcia Identifies Dad’s Condition
The Story Continues

PART II—Defining Depression
Goal of the Book
What Happens When One Is Depressed?
Who Gets Depressed?
Prevalence of Major Depressive Episode Among Adults
Major Depressive Episode With Impairment Among Adults
Prevalence of Major Depressive Episode Among Adolescents
Major Depressive Episode With Impairment Among Adolescents
Data Sources
Statistical Methods and Measurement Caveats
Historic Development of Psychiatry to Treat Depression and Other Mental Illnesses
Some Data about Depression and Suicide
Research Findings
What Is Suicide?
Who Is at Risk for Suicide?
Are Certain Groups of People at Higher Risk Than Others?
Why Do Some People Become Suicidal, While Others With Similar Risk Factors Do Not?
What Are the Warning Signs of Suicide?
Do People Threaten Suicide to Get Attention?
If You Ask Someone About Suicide, Does It Put the Idea Into Their Head?
What Should I Do if I Am in Crisis or Someone, I Know Is Considering Suicide?
What If Someone Is Posting Suicidal Messages on Social Media?
Suicide Rates
Trends Over Time
Suicide Rates by State
Suicide by Method
Number of Suicide Deaths by Method
Percent of Suicide Deaths by Method
Cost of Suicide Deaths
Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among U.S. Adults
Data Sources
Statistical Methods and Measurement Caveats
National Survey on Drug Use and Health
The Process of Beginning Treatment for Depression
The (Medical) Examination
What Else Could Be Happening to Me?
The Role of Anxiety in Depression
The Relationship between Stress and Depression
Problems of Definition
Summary of Stress Assessment

PART III—Biology of Depression
Gamma-aminobutyric acid
General Principles of Neurons, Neuropathways, and Cortical Structures
Antidepressant Action in the Brain
The Role of Genetics: Examining the Influence of Epigenomics or Gene Expression
Examining the Influence of Epigenomics or Gene Expression
The Psychosocial and Ecological Impact of Nutrition and Physical Activity on Epigenomics
Behavioral Considerations: The Psychological Impact Epigenomics Stress Factors
The Impact of Oppression and Racism on Epigenomics
Relevance and Importance to African American People
Multifactorial Conditions Common to African Americans: Impact of Anxiety Disorders on Cardiovascular Disease, High Blood Pressure, and Diabetes
The Psychosocial Impact of Cardiovascular Disease on Epigenomics
Evidence of Culturally Grounded and Consistent Information/Ideas
Implications for Restoration of African American Wellness (Mental Health)
Summary Considerations

PART IV—Treatment Approaches: Depression and Psychiatric Rehabilitation
How Does Psychotherapy Resolve Depression?
Ways of Helping People
Psychodynamic Therapies
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Are We What We Think?
How Does Thinking Affect Depression?
Interpersonal Therapy
Reality Therapy Postulates Choice Theory
Group Psychotherapy
Light Therapy
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) vs. ECT
New Drug in Psychiatry to Treat Depression: Esketamine
Choosing Your Talk Therapy
Definitions of Culture
Culturally Sensitive Approaches
Coping Styles and Cultural Influences that Affect Treatment
Cultural Competency
Understanding Diversity
Complementary/Alternative Therapies
Holistic vs. Conventional Medicine
Exercise and Depression
How Does Exercise Help?
Herbs, Dietary, and Nutritional Supplements
Body Work and Energy Healing
Energy Psychology
Relaxation Techniques
Massage Therapy
How Therapeutic Massage Works
Religiousness/Spirituality’s Effect on Depression
Self-Transcendence/Spirituality Issues and Their Effect on Depression
Spirituality and Depression
Spiritual Growth
Spirituality and Personal Enlightenment
Young Adults and Spirituality
Religion of Our Ancestors
What is Spirituality’s Relevance to Self-Awareness and Healthy Thinking?
Why is Spiritual Growth Important?
Additional Facts about Depression
Thyroid Conditions that Resemble Depression
Depressive Disorder and Treatment in the Military Context
Depression in the Military Context
Clusters of Symptoms—Intrusive Symptoms
Prevention and Treatment: Military Approaches and Strategies
Twenty-First-Century Community Clinical Strategies
Part 1: Online Therapy
Part 2: Shifting Mental Health Services to Community Members
Part 3: Coping in Community-Based Spaces
Examining Social Work Treatment Approaches in Situations in Which Depression Is Impacted by Trauma
Defining Trauma
Responses to Trauma
Treatment Implications
Depression and Psychiatric Rehabilitation
The Historical Roots of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
The Evolution of Thinking About the Mentally Ill
Psychiatric Rehabilitation (PSYR) Today
The Focus and Process of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
The Intake Process
The Case Management Process
A Practical, Interdisciplinary, and Integrated Approach
The Unique Nature of Depression
A View Toward Long-Term Care
Coexisting or Co-occurring or Comorbid Conditions
Psychiatric Rehabilitation PSYR
Knowledge, Competencies, and Certification of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Counseling
Code of Ethics
Closing Thoughts
Closing Statement

PART V—Appendix and Resources
African Americans
Need for Mental Health Care
Availability of Mental Health Services
Access to Mental Health Services
Use of Mental Health Services
Appropriateness and Outcomes of Mental Health Services
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders
Need for Mental Health Care
High-Need Populations
Availability of Mental Health Services
Access to Mental Health Services
Use of Mental Health Services
Appropriateness and Outcomes of Mental Health Services
Latinx/Hispanic Americans
Need for Mental Health Care
High-Need Populations
Availability of Mental Health Services
Access to Mental Health Services
Use of Mental Health Services
Appropriateness and Outcomes of Mental Health Services
Native American Indians
Need for Mental Health Care
High-Need Populations
Availability of Mental Health Services
Access to Mental Health Services
Use of Mental Health Services
Appropriateness and Outcomes of Mental Health Services
Culture Counts: The Influence of Culture and Society on Mental Health/Mental Illness
Demographic Trends
Diversity within Racial and Ethnic Groups
Growth Rates
Geographic Distribution
Impact of Immigration Laws
Department of Health and Human Services
General Federal Government Websites
Online Resources
Asian American/Pacific Islanders
Native American Indians
Latinx and/or Hispanics
African Americans
Multicultural and Immigrant Populations
Muslim American
Office of Patient Care Services
Office of Mental Health Services
Fact Sheet
FY 2010
Current Initiatives
Public Health Contribution to Suicide Prevention in America

The Biology of Depression References
Thyroid Disorder References
Further Reading for Hands-On Healing
Appendix References

Author Biographies
Benson G. Cooke
Schuyler C. Webb
Kimberly A. Bell
Afiya M. Mbilishaka
Michelle LeVere
William B. Talley
Nathalie D. Mizelle

Benson G Cooke

Benson George Cooke, EdD, is a Professor of Counseling and Psychology and Clinical Coordinator of the Graduate Mental Health Counseling Program in the Division of Education, Health and Social Work, at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), located in Washington, DC. He holds a BA degree in psychology from Morehouse College, and an M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology, and an EdD degree in Counseling Psychology and Mental Health Administration from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is the former Department Chair of Psychology, Counseling and Human Development at UDC. Dr. Cooke has also served as an Assistant Director of Counseling and Psychological Services and Adjunct Faculty at George Mason University; a clinician and administrator for PSI Associates, Inc., Washington, DC; an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department, Xavier University of Louisiana, and an Instructor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As an invited keynote speaker, he has addressed diverse audiences at national and international conferences, symposiums, workshops, professional institutes, institutions of higher education, as well as local and national radio and TV programs and Documentary Films. He is an author of journal articles, magazine articles, and book chapters. He is also the author and coauthor of the following four books: (a) Personal Empowerment for People of Color: Keys to Success in Higher Education, (b) All About Depression, (c) Socio-Economic and Education Factors Impacting American Political Systems: Emerging Research and Opportunities, and (d) Selected Aspects of Mentoring: Advice, Challenges, and Approaches.

Dr. Cooke has served in multiple leadership positions with local, regional, and national organizations including the National President of The Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi). Dr. Cooke received the 2016 ABPsi Distinguished Psychologist Award for his career contributions to the discipline, literature, and practice of psychology that has supported culturally salient mental health treatment for the African American community. He has significantly contributed to the national guidelines intended to provide culturally competent therapeutic responses to disaster relief following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Dr. Cooke is the recipient of numerous community service, educational, faculty excellence, and professional service awards. Dr. Cooke is married to Patrice Butler and is blessed with four children—Dawn, Daa’iyah, Siddeeq, Zuri, and one grandchild Ibrahim.

Schuyler Webb

Schuyler “Sky” C. Webb, PhD, MBA, earned degrees from Morehouse College, University of Massachusetts, National University, and Alliant International University. Dr. Webb is the coauthor and editor of a number of books including Selected Aspects of Mentoring: Advice, Challenges, and Approaches; Managing Diversity in the Military: Research Perspectives from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute; Personal Empowerment for People of Color: Keys to Success in Higher Education; All about Depression (1st edition); Socio-Economic and Education Factors Impacting American Political Systems: Emerging Research and Opportunities, and Minority Nurses in the New Century. In addition, he has conducted a wide range of research and has authored over 200 publications including peer-reviewed journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles, book chapters, academic papers and posters, technical reports on equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion, depression, psychopharmacology, undersea and hyperbaric medicine, aptitude testing, military and health psychology, minority nurses, psychological resilience, tropical medicine, human factors, organizational and personnel psychology, allied healthcare professionals, epigenetics, sexual assault prevention and response, Latinx/a psychology and history, suicide prevention, warrior care policy and compliance, veterans’ healthcare, human resources, African American psychology and history, mentoring, and others. During his career, he has conducted research activities, program evaluations, and organizational assessments across six continents.

Currently, Dr. Webb is the co-owner and principle consultant at McCray Webb & Associates, LLC, Arlington, Virginia. He is a retired senior Medical Service Corps officer, U.S. Navy. During his naval career, he served as a Hospital Corpsman, research psychologist, executive medicine staff, and the Secretary of the Navy staff. He is the recipient of numerous professional achievements, naval service, academic, community service, and masters athletic awards. He is married to the former Adriane J. McCray and is blessed with three daughters, Kayla Monique, Nia Imani, and Naja Elon and three grandchildren, Frank, Jr., Londyn, and Kaleb.


Kimberly A. Bell, PhD, is an assistant professor at North Carolina A&T State University. Her research focuses on perseverative cognitions in African Americans that are central to depression and anxiety, and how these perseverative cognitions impact health behaviors such as cannabis use and sleep. She holds a BA in psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, an MS degree in psychology from Howard University and a PhD in Neuropsychology from Howard University. She is the recipient of National Institutes of Health (NIH) Diversity Supplement grants with the recent one focusing on nocturnal heart rate variability and sleep. Dr. Bell has served as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Psychosomatic Research and Brain, Behavior and Immunity. She has presented at multiple conferences including Sleep, American Psychological Association, and Association of Black Psychologists. In her spare time, she enjoys running, art, and spending time with family.


Dr. Afiya M. Mbilishaka is a therapist, professor, research-scientist, and hairstylist. She is the owner of Ma’at Psychological Services, a private practice in Washington, DC, focused on promoting balance and restoring order to the lives of her clients. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of the District of Columbia that focuses on understanding and using traditional African cultural rituals for contemporary wholistic mental health practices. She is a graduate of Uniondale High School and the University of Pennsylvania. She studied the psychological significance of race within lives and earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Howard University at the age of 26. Dr. Mbilishaka innovated the practice and research of, “psychohairapy,” where she uses hair as an entry point for mental health services in beauty salons and barbershops, as well as through social media. She is the principal investigator of the PsychoHairapy Research Lab and has been a research advisor to over 30 students. She has now gone international, and will be leading a psychology and hair-focused trip to Cuba in May 2019. She is the former Association of Black Psychologist DC chapter. Dr. Mbilishaka is a natural hairstylist at N Natural Hair Studio in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she loves creating art with locs, twists, and afros.


Michelle LeVere, MSW, LICSW, is a Clinical Instructor and Director of Field Education in the Social Work Program at the University of the District of Columbia. She has extensive experience in clinical social work with youth, adults, and families who presented with substance use, mental health, and socio-emotional issues. She has served in community mental health centers, schools, and child welfare organizations. She also brings years of experience in program management and training and professional development. She holds certificates in school social work, trauma recovery, Psychological First Aid, and Flawless Consulting 1. Michelle has been recognized as a master trainer and designs and delivers outstanding trainings for social workers and other professionals with a focus on child welfare, mental health, clinical supervision, self-care, and trauma.


William B. Talley, RhD, CRC, is Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. Previously, he served as Assistant Dean of Pharmacy and Health Professions. Additionally, Dr. Talley also previously served as Chair and Director of the Institute for Social and Rehabilitation Services at Assumption College. He also served as Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at Coppin State College, Baltimore. He has spent more than 25 years working as a practitioner and, more recently as an educator. His academic and research interests have focused on the analysis of state-of-the-art treatment approaches and “best practices” in the health professions. Dr. Talley has authored numerous journal and magazine articles and book chapters regarding multicultural rehabilitation issues including Shaping the Future: The Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Faculty in Allied Health. He is frequently invited to present at national organization conferences, research symposia, as well as colleges and universities.

Dr. Talley earned his bachelor and master’s degrees at South Carolina State University and earned his Doctor of Rehabilitation degree at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He also received advanced certificates of study in Management and Development from the Harvard University School of Education and in Gerontology from the University of Pennsylvania. His awards include Academic Leadership Award, Congressional Award from the U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland Governor Citation, Diversity Enhancement Award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and other prestigious national awards. Among his numerous affiliations are The National Society of Allied Health, American Counseling Association, National Rehabilitation Association, Life Member of The Association of Black Psychologists, and board member of the Maryland Rehabilitation Association and The National Society of Allied Health. During his career, he has served as the principle investigator and author of more than 12 grants amounting to over five million dollars in funding for the institutions he has served. Although he is a Professor, department chair, academic administrator, author, and accomplished speaker, he considers his greatest achievement as being a proud father of his two well-rounded sons.


Nathalie D. Mizelle, PhD, is the Director and Associate Professor of Counseling at the University of the District of Columbia. She earned her Doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and obtained her Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Evaluation from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Mizelle has 24 years of experience working as a clinical therapist and clinical supervisor working with adolescent and adult populations. She has 17 years of experience teaching in graduate and undergraduate counseling programs and has authored numerous articles and book chapters, edited books, and invited to speak at conferences and provide trainings on various counseling issues. She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Initially, this was a layperson’s Handbook on depression, from the perspective of the African American. Basic research that formulated evidence-based practice materials, often did not include research on the African American community. Presently, the primary focus is on understanding depression in minority, immigrant, and underserved communities. The present scope emerges from the current understanding of biological research findings on the depression. The influences of genetic expression—epigenomics—on depression; e.g., examining the impact of health factors and social factors at critical developmental periods, as well as the impact of anxiety rooted as the catalyst of oppression and racism. With this understanding, to establish generational treatment approaches for depression becomes viable. Currently, included there has been an update of government research findings: e.g., the prevalence of depression, suicide and populations impacted by depression. Additional resources include information about LGBTQ, Muslim, and military support services. We no longer can afford to work in professional silos, and must incorporate the best science from Community Clinical, Social Work, and Rehabilitation Psychology/Counseling to establish healing strategies. Historically, the Black Church has opened its doors to innovative programs. Dr. Cooke and his colleagues have been invited by health and wellness organizations to address mental health issues impacting specific communities. There was a plethora of questions on depression with only a dearth of knowledge about depression—thus, the book. The United States is a multiethnic, pluralistic, and linguistically diverse population, to that end, this handbook elaborates on issues of depression as experienced by minority, immigrant, and underserved communities. 
Edwin J. Nichols, Ph.D., (NIMH retired)
Director, Nichols and Associates, Inc. 

In this highly technical age of social media that has created environments of impersonality, superficiality and anonymity in person to person contact has made openly talking about depression even more difficult. That makes this revised, updated version of ALL ABOUT DEPRESSION even more relevant, essential, and critical. Daily we see professional athletes, movie stars, and entertainers unlike ever before, sharing their struggles with depression which has made it much easier for individuals to disclose their similar battles with mental depression. Clearly, the boldness with which such popular figures have shared their battles with depression has made it much easier for many in the African American community openly admit their depression without fear of being labeled as “crazy.” Come now Dr. Cooke’s and Dr. Webb’s second volume of their seminal work ALL ABOUT DEPRESSION. This book is most timely because it offers not only time-tested professional therapeutic intervention approaches but their continued extensive practical experience in treating those suffering mental depression makes this dynamic presentation not only a classroom instructional tool but also a handbook for both individuals and families affected by depression. This volume aptly amplifies their thought that the spiritual principle of collective responsibility as our “brother’s keeper” greatly lessens the tendency to be “self-focused” when dealing with depression. As a longstanding pastor, I know first-hand how important support of others is to the healing of any problem Expression. One of my mentors, the highly acclaimed spiritual thinker Dr. Howard Thurman once stated that “it is specious to think that the God of religion is not also the God of life.” Cooke and Webb parallel this quote in their understanding that spirituality in its true essence leads to the discovery of true identity and purpose. Such knowledge by these two very pensive and thorough authors clearly evidences that they are not just psychological theoreticians but spiritual agents on assignment to bring those in deep wells of darkness into bright horizons of light. As a pastor, theological scholar and one devoted to helping others I thoroughly appreciate and agree with their profound insight and perspective. I highly recommend this book to not only those suffering with depression, but to all helping professionals as well as those suffering from depression.
Rev. Dr. Willie F. Wilson
Senior Pastor, Union Temple Baptist Church Washington, DC


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