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Gr 6 UpThis title, written with the assistance of professionals in the field of psychology, evaluates depression as a systemic disease, a "whole-body illness." Statistics provided indicate that it is a widespread and costly problem in every economic, social, and geographic category, and age group in this country. In addition to listing well-known figures (Lincoln, Byron, Twain) who suffered from this illness, the authors explore the purported connection between creativity and manic depression. They offer a fascinating assessment of theories regarding the causes of depression and the often cruel remedies employed from ancient to modern times. Various types of this illness are discussed, as are modern therapies. The approach is moderate; causation is seen as resulting from a combination of environmental, psychological, genetic, and biochemical factors. Recent studies on brain chemistry and heredity are evaluated, although at greater length than is necessary for a teen readership. This title argues that the most effective treatment for depression is a combination of drugs and psychological hellp. The informative, black-and-white photos and illustrations are well chosen. Sources are cited and sections useful for further study and for obtaining help are appended. This well-organized and comprehensive work offers far greater detail and depth than Cathie Cush's Depression (Raintree/Steck-Vaughn, 1993) and is more accessible than Herma Silverstein's Teenage Depression (Watts, 1990; o.p.).Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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  • ISBN-13: 9780894907135
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Series: Diseases and People Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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