Depression [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Depression

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Overview

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 afflicts millions of young people every year, causing significant damage to the physical and emotional health. Depression examines all aspects of the affliction, including: BLDepression through the ages, from its earliest mention to the present, including how depression is portrayed in the arts BLThe demographics of the disorder - who is most likely to have depression, and what the prognosis would be BLThe clinical description of depression, including both physical and psychological symptoms BLCurrent techniques for testing for depression, including DNA testing and brain scans BLAn 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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313342202
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2008
  • Series: Biographies of Disease Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,278,455
  • File size: 518 KB

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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Table of Contents


Series Foreword     vii
Preface     ix
Introduction     xi
What Is Depression?     1
Depression Defined     3
Ancestral Depression     8
The Epidemiology of Depression     19
Depression in the Arts     22
How Is Depression Diagnosed?     33
Making the Diagnosis of Depression     33
Types of Depression     35
Brain Anatomy and Chemistry as It Pertains to Depression     36
The Diagnostic Evaluation     40
Depression and Gender     46
Culture, Religion, and Depression     49
Depression across the Lifespan     59
Causes of Depression     69
Genes and Depression     70
Medical Conditions Causing Depression     73
Environmental Causes of Depression     75
Treatment of Depression     79
Developments Leading to Contemporary Treatments of Depression     79
The Pharmaceutical Age: Better Living through Medication     83
Psychotherapy: The Power of Talk     90
Mechanical and Electrical Cures     98
Brain Surgery to Treat Depression     104
Alternative Approaches to TreatingDepression     107
Complications of Depression     119
Suicide     119
Economic Impact     124
The Effects of Depression on Physical Health     125
Stigma     126
Impact on the Family     132
Depression: The Future     137
Bacteria to Treat Depression?     137
Searching for the Holy Grail of Depression: A Common Brain Pathway     139
Stem Cells as a Cure?     140
A Gene for Major Depression and a Possible Cure?     140
Genes That Predict Antidepressant Response     141
Small Switches That Turn Brain Cells On and Off     141
Conclusion     142
Timeline     145
Glossary     153
Bibliography     157
Index     163
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Depression is real and lots of people suffer through it day in day out

    I live in it but it helps to have a happy place to forget the world once in a while mine is being under water or alone in the middle of a great big forest. I feal u who go through this life stuggle im 15 and alread feal the effects ut i wont give up nor in no not to day not ever not while im still alive ill fight it till the end and so should some times the quickest way to happness is to fight for it love you all dont give up by

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