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From The CriticsReviewer: Adriana M. Cortes, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book offers a broad review of depression's symptomatology, biology, and treatment along with good clinical examples of patients with depression.
Purpose: Education is an important part of treatment in depression and this book educates the general population on the biology and psychology of depression.
Audience: It is written for patients with depression and their families and friends. The author is a professor on suicidality and depression at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
Features: The book initially defines major depression, giving readers an idea about how depression presents in children, adults, and the elderly. It covers different symptoms that may be present in depression: physical complaints, substance abuse, changes in appetite and sleep. The author discusses the possible explanations for depression, from biological and psychological perspectives. The book also provides an overview of treatments for depression, including pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and alternative medicine. Finally, the book discusses suicide and suicide prevention. Unique clinical vignettes provide good examples of how a patient with depression may present. The book could use more summary tables; tables highlighting key points for each chapter can be useful for readers.
Assessment: This is a very practical book on depression for patients and their families.