Everyone at one time or other feels bogged down by circumstances, unable to find a way out. Some people experience a lethargy, a lack of interest in life, without being able to identify a reason. With most people though, these might be just passing phases, mood swings, or attitudes brought on by certain events etc. However, for many people, depression can be a serious illness. According to a WHO research study, around 35.9 per cent of Indians suffer from depression. They experience Major Depressive Episodes referred to simply as MDE. The author begins with an explanation of the term depression as used in clinical psychology. She shows the difference between this condition and the usual mood swings and occasional feelings of lassitude or sadness that a person may experience.Beating The Blues: A Complete Guide to Overcoming Depression is divided into three parts The first, All About Depression, goes into an exploration of the signs and symptoms and causes of depression. This part also explains the many different forms this condition can take.The second part, Where Do You Fit In, divides depressive patients into categories based on age. This section goes into childhood and adolescent depression, mid-life conditions of depression, and old age depression. The third part explains the actual treatment of this condition. This part, The Time Of Intervention, goes into the therapy methods for treating depression. It also discusses anti-depressants and life after successful treatment for depression.Beating The Blues: A Complete Guide To Overcoming Depression goes into the various manifestations of the condition, the different levels of intensity of the condition, and the possible causes. The author also uses a number of real life cases, taken from her own practice. Using these case studies, she shows the readers that it is possible to beat this condition and emerge with renewed energy and a fresh outlook, to start leading a normal life free of the blues. She has also used research studies and reports from around the world to help the readers gain a good understanding of the problem called depression. She provides many constructive tips to help people assess their symptoms and seek medical help when needed.