Understanding Depression: A Complete Guide to Its Diagnosis and Treatment / Edition 2

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Overview

With the addition of the latest research on treatments for depression, the authors illustrate the importance of accurately diagnosing the disease and using tested treatments. The book provides the means of evaluating the benefits and disadvantages of both pharmaceutical and psychological treatment of depression. In explaining the different treatments available, the authors provide detailed information on the use of both old and new antidepressants and SSRIs, as well as herbal supplements like St. John's wort. They also focus on the environmental and hereditary causes of depression, about which there are still many misconceptions. Using excerpts from patient histories to show progress from the onset of depression through treatment and recovery, the authors put a human face on the specter of depression. They demonstrate how many of the afflicted fail to seek help or are misdiagnosed by doctors who do not recognize their symptoms. The book includes several simple tests which readers can use to determine the need to seek a psychological evaluation. Understanding Depression is an excellent source of support, providing a highly informed and readable guide to this much misunderstood disease.

Recognizing biological depression/causes of depression & manic-depression/diagnosis & trmt/related illnesses/etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195156140
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2005
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald F. Klein is Professor of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of Research at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Paul H. Wender is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Psychiatric Research at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is the author of The Hyperactive Child, Adolescent and Adult, and co-author of Mind, Mood, and Medicine with Donald F. Klein.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Symptoms of mood disorders : recognizing biological depression 9
3 What happens to the depressive or manic-depressive individual over time? 69
4 What causes depression and manic-depression? 83
5 Diagnosis and treatment of depression 99
6 A brief guide to psychopharmacological drugs 125
7 Illnesses related to depression 151
8 How to get help 169
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