Depression

Depression

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by Blaise A. Aguirre
     
 

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Diseases have a history, and understanding that history helps us understand how best to treat and control disease today. Today's students are confronted with a panoply of often-frightening illnesses and afflictions - the Biography of Diseases series provides students with the information that they need to understand the origin of various maladies, how they

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Diseases have a history, and understanding that history helps us understand how best to treat and control disease today. Today's students are confronted with a panoply of often-frightening illnesses and afflictions - the Biography of Diseases series provides students with the information that they need to understand the origin of various maladies, how they impact contemporary society, and how doctors and researchers from around the world are fighting to devise treatments to alleviate or cure these diseases. This volume, Depression, addresses a disease that confronts millions of young people every year, causing significant damage to their emotional and physical health.

Depression examines all aspects of the affliction, including: Depression through the ages, from its earliest mention to the present, including how depression is portrayed in the arts. The demographics of the disorder - who is most likely to have depression, and what the prognosis would be. The clinical description of depression, including both physical and psychological symptoms. Current techniques for testing for depression, including DNA testing and brain scans. An examination of the current research, and the possible treatments for the future. The volume includes a glossary of important terms and a bibliography of accessible works that discuss the disease.

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"Biographies of Disease: Depression…provides biography-oriented insight into the personal lives of those who have suffered from this disease. Drawing from historical and current examples, and parelleling many major events from world history, the book seems timeless in its ability to capture the consistencies of human suffering and the distress often associate with depression. The use of case vignettes and letters serves to personalize the seemingly unrelenting inner anguish of those who have not responded to intervention or have not been fortunate enough to receive it." - PsycCritiques

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313342196
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/30/2008
Series:
Biographies of Disease Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Blaise A. Aguirre is a board-certified psychiatrist and clinical instructor of psychiatry at Harvard University School of Medicine. He is the director of the Adolescent Dialectic Behavior Therapy Treatment Center at McLean. He has been a staff psychiatrist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA, since 2000, and has been recognized for his work in the treatment of mood and personality disorders in adolescents.

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