Melancholia: The Diagnosis, Pathophysiology and Treatment of Depressive Illness

Melancholia: The Diagnosis, Pathophysiology and Treatment of Depressive Illness

by Michael Alan Taylor, Max Fink
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521131243

ISBN-13: 9780521131247

Pub. Date: 02/11/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book provides a comprehensive review of melancholia as a severe disorder of mood, associated with suicide, psychosis, and catatonia. The syndrome is defined with a clear diagnosis, prognosis, and range of management strategies, differentiated from other similar psychiatric, neurological, and general medical conditions. It challenges accepted doctrines in the…  See more details below

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This book provides a comprehensive review of melancholia as a severe disorder of mood, associated with suicide, psychosis, and catatonia. The syndrome is defined with a clear diagnosis, prognosis, and range of management strategies, differentiated from other similar psychiatric, neurological, and general medical conditions. It challenges accepted doctrines in the classification and biology of the mood disorders and defines melancholia as a treatable mental illness. Described for millennia in medical texts and used as a term in literature and poetry, melancholia was included within early versions of the major diagnostic classificatory systems, but lost favour in later editions. This book updates the arguments for the diagnosis, describes its characteristics in detail, and promotes treatment and prevention. The book offers great hope to those with a disorder too often mis-diagnosed and often fatal. It should be read by all those responsible for the management of patients with mood disorders.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521131247
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/11/2010
Pages:
564
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents

1Melancholia : a conceptual history1
2Melancholia defined15
3Defining melancholia by psychopathology45
4Defining melancholia : laboratory tests62
5Examination for melancholia85
6The differential diagnosis of melancholia97
7Suicide in melancholia125
8Electroconvulsive therapy for melancholia153
9Achieving effective ECT181
10The validity of the pharmacotherapy literature in melancholia196
11Basic pharmacotherapy for melancholic patients211
12Pharmacotherapy for melancholic patients in complicating circumstances239
13Proposed treatments for melancholia284
14The pathophysiology of melancholia298
15Future directions346

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