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Winter Blues, First Edition: Seasonal Affective Disorder: What It Is and How to Overcome It
     

Winter Blues, First Edition: Seasonal Affective Disorder: What It Is and How to Overcome It

by Norman E. Rosenthal
 
Updating and expanding his immensely popular and useful guide, Norman E. Rosenthal has written a veritable survival kit for anyone who suffers from the winter blues. This authoritative and engaging book presents the very latest information on the many dimensions of SAD, including the newly recognized distinctions between various degrees of the disorder, from "winter

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Updating and expanding his immensely popular and useful guide, Norman E. Rosenthal has written a veritable survival kit for anyone who suffers from the winter blues. This authoritative and engaging book presents the very latest information on the many dimensions of SAD, including the newly recognized distinctions between various degrees of the disorder, from "winter blues" to full-blown SAD. The book features revised chapters on antidepressant medications and light therapy; a new chapter on coping with SAD all year round; details on St. John's word and on two helpful nutritional regimens; a self-test to help readers evaluate their own level of SAD; and a comprehensive list of SAD resource centers. Also included is a discussion of the use of light therapy in treating problems with symptoms that mirror those of SAD, such as jet lag, sleep disorders, premenstrual syndrome, and shift work. In a concluding chapter, Dr. Rosenthal illustrates how even those with SAD can enjoy the darkest of seasons.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Michael A. Young, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is a wide-ranging survey of seasonal affective disorder (SAD): history of the field, biology, psychology, causes, treatments, its impact on the arts, etc. It should replace Rosenthal's popular book, Seasons of the Mind.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an overview on SAD and give direction to people in seeking treatment or, in some cases, treating themselves. It succeeds at this, although its virtues of breadth and brevity are also a weakness in that by trying to do everything, it sometimes seems a little scattered and some sections seem cursory.
Audience: It is intended for, and appropriate for, the intelligent lay person. It could be useful as an introduction for the professional, but it is not really scientifically detailed and rigorous as a primary source.
Features: There are no illustrations but they are not missed. The index is very useful. The case descriptions and references are good.
Assessment: This is probably the best book on SAD available for the lay person. It is very well written; the case histories read (intentionally, I am sure) like short stories. Like many such books, its conclusions are based on a combination of research findings, clinical impressions, and personal opinions. On the other hand, little sections on the history of seasonal time and how to decide whether to take medication or how to choose a therapist show much down-to-earth wisdom.
3 Stars from Doody
Michael A. Young
This book is a wide-ranging survey of seasonal affective disorder (SAD): history of the field, biology, psychology, causes, treatments, its impact on the arts, etc. It should replace Rosenthal's popular book, Seasons of the Mind. The purpose is to provide an overview on SAD and give direction to people in seeking treatment or, in some cases, treating themselves. It succeeds at this, although its virtues of breadth and brevity are also a weakness in that by trying to do everything, it sometimes seems a little scattered and some sections seem cursory. It is intended for, and appropriate for, the intelligent lay person. It could be useful as an introduction for the professional, but it is not really scientifically detailed and rigorous as a primary source. There are no illustrations but they are not missed. The index is very useful. The case descriptions and references are good. This is probably the best book on SAD available for the lay person. It is very well written; the case histories read (intentionally, I am sure) like short stories. Like many such books, its conclusions are based on a combination of research findings, clinical impressions, and personal opinions. On the other hand, little sections on the history of seasonal time and how to decide whether to take medication or how to choose a therapist show much down-to-earth wisdom.
Booknews
A revision of the work originally published in 1989 under the title Seasons of the Mind. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898621495
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Edition description:
Rev. & updated ed
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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