Depression: the facts, published by the Oxford University Press in 2011 (2nd edition, ISBN: 978-0-19-960293-3), has won the BMA Board of Science Award for the Public Understanding of Science on September 13, 2012 at the British Medical Association Book Awards in London. The book was chosen by the judging panel from all of the shortlisted books in all medical categories (approximately 100 books). The panel considered the book is very supportive in the promotion and public understanding of science. The book targets the general public and specifies a simple and comprehensive overview of depression. It provides practical insight for persons suffering from depression, as well as guidance for friends and families to help sufferers. Based on recent evidence, the book covers the identification of symptoms and causes of depression and potential treatment options.
The author of the book, Prof. Danuta Wasserman, is both the Chair and Head Psychiatrist at the National Swedish Centre for the Prevention of Suicide and Mental Ill-Health (NASP) at the Karolinska Institute (KI), Stockholm, Sweden. Prof. Wasserman is the Director of WHO Collaborating Centre for Research, Methods Development and Training in Suicide Prevention. She is a specialist in general psychiatry and suicidology. She currently holds the position of President-Elect for the European Psychiatric Association (EPA).
Prof. Danuta Wasserman also edited together with Anthropologist Camilla Wasserman The Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention: A Global Perspective, which is a milestone in the field of Suicidology, and is published by the Oxford University Press in 2009 (ISBN: 978-019-85700-59).