Description: This comprehensive and concise review of depression presents the updated current clinical guidelines for practical application.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an easy to read review of depression that will assist clinicians in better understanding the latest updates to the treatment modalities of depression.
Audience: This book is intended for clinicians treating patients with depression. Others who may also benefit from this book include students, residents, and nurses.
Features: Since the last edition of this book, there have been advances in our understanding of the biology of depression as well newer treatment options. This new edition captures these advances. Starting with an introduction covering the growing prevalence of depression, the authors cover nicely the principles of management of depression. The importance of psychotherapy is described, along with the different types commonly used. "Evidence based antidepressant selection across depressive disorders" details the guidelines based on level of evidence and criteria for therapeutic choices. Treatment options for the various subtypes of depression are presented based on evidence and clinical experience. The practical issues of treatment, sequential therapies, and treatment of resistant depression are discussed with strategies of switching and combination therapies. An overview of alternative therapies, such as light, sleep deprivation, and neuromodulation are also covered. Differences in depressive disorders in the elderly, children, and women are highlighted. Every chapter has a consistent format with a conclusion section by the authors that summarizes the evidence. Information is further highlighted in the form of tables, graphs, and appendixes.
Assessment: Overall, this is a nice, reader friendly book on depression that uses a concise format to cover the latest clinical guidelines.