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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Heather Huang, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Description: This encyclopedia captures the wealth of information currently available on depression.
Purpose: The purpose is to summarize the vast amount of information on depression and to serve as a resource for healthcare professionals, researchers, and the public.
Audience: It is intended for the public, clinicians, researchers, students, patients, and families.
Features: Among the many topics covered in an alphabetic format are the psychological aspects of depression, comorbid psychiatric and medical disorders, epidemiology, and various psychotherapeutic treatment strategies. The larger focus is on the demographics, epidemiology, diseases comorbid with depression, and psychological components of depression, but it does provide very basic information on treatment management strategies.
Assessment: This encyclopedia distills an amazing amount of information into a book that is easy to read and navigate. Each section is concise and to the point, discussing how that particular subject is relevant to depression. This would serve as a great reference for anyone with an interest in depression. The focus is psychological focus, with less information on medically based diagnostic and treatment strategies.