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"A compassionate exploration of depression and manic-depression."
"The most thorough and wide-ranging discussion for lay readers about the interplay of the physical and emotional elements of depression and manic-depression... His presentation is illuminating, and the case histories demonstrate his sensitivity and skill as a clinician.... Whybrow's presentation offers a deeper understanding of, along with a humane and wise approach to these very troubling illnesses."
-- Kirkus Reviews
Discusses melancholy, trying to keep a balance, depression, anatomy of an emotional brain, adaptation/care.
Excerpted from A Mood Apart by Peter C. Whybrow
Copyright © 2003 by Peter C. Whybrow
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Posted November 25, 2007
Very well written and well researched, this book is cotton candy for anyone with a psychopharmacological sweet tooth. It contains a good deal of information about neuroscience and psychiatry, including some of the historical underpinnings of these fields. I'm guessing that others have compared this with Peter Kramer's Listening to Prozac, and there are some superficial similarities, such as a somewhat philosophical bent. Like Kramer's book, this one also has detailed, very interesting case studies, where the ones in A Mood Apart are probably a bit longer and more detailed. Two case studies that I remember well are those of Claire Dubois and John Moorehead, where both persons are afflicted with significant depression. A major distinction between this book and Listening to Prozac is that the latter is much more explicitly about antidepressants and their philosophical implications. One very mild criticism of A Mood Apart is that I wonder if the author thinks that depression is simply a more extreme variant of ordinary sadness, when I don't think this is the case. Overall, a captivating read that anyone interested in mental health, and mood disorders in particular, will find fascinating and informative.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.