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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia E. Murphy, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book, one in a series reviewing up-to-date information on selected topics in psychiatry, covers the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of relapse of recurrent depression, integrating the most recent research.
Purpose: The aim is to provide the best in evidence-based information on this under-diagnosed and under-treated mental health problem, which is ranked by the World Health Organization as the fourth most disabling medical condition.
Audience: The book is written for psychiatrists and clinicians. It could be particularly useful for practitioners or family practice physicians who do not otherwise keep up on the latest developments in the field. Medical students would also find the book helpful. Gynecologists need to be alert to the information the book provides about depression in women.
Features: This concise and clear presentation provides easy to understand statistical information about prevalence and types of treatment of recurrent depression. An important chapter includes what is known about depression in women across their life span in relation to hormonal changes. Clearly presented tables and charts highlight some of the most recent findings and developments in treating this disorder.
Assessment: As a very accessible work on recurrent depression, this book exposes readers to the latest in pharmacological, brain stimulation, and psychotherapy-based treatment for this serious mental health problem. The bibliographic information offers further follow-up for those who want to know more. Busy clinicians would do well to use this book as a basis for diagnosing and making treatment decisions for patients who might be vulnerable to depression as a recurring disorder.