Winter Blues, Revised and Updated: Seasonal Affective Disorder: What It Is and How to Overcome It

Winter Blues, Revised and Updated: Seasonal Affective Disorder: What It Is and How to Overcome It

by Norman E. Rosenthal
     
 

Completely updating and expanding his immensely popular 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

Overview

Completely updating and expanding his immensely popular 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 wort and on a helpful nutritional regimen, a self-test to help readers evaluate their own level of SAD, and a list of SAD resources. Also discussed is the use of light therapy in treating problems whose symptoms mirror those of SAD, including jet lag, sleep disorders, premenstrual syndrome, and the effects of shift work. A concluding chapter illustrates how those with SAD can enjoy even the darkest of seasons.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Patricia M. Meaden, PhD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is the newly revised edition of the definitive resource for lay people and professionals interested in learning about the diagnosis and treatment of seasonal effective disorder. The new edition provides up-to-date research and new approaches to coping with this disorder.
Purpose: The author sets out to destigmatize the role of seasonality in human life, providing a broad range of methods for coping with and "triumphing over" the dramatic as well as the subtle effects of the change of seasons on human physiological and psychological experience.
Audience: The accessible style and comprehensive approach offers something for any audience, lay or professional. Many of the coping strategies would be useful for dealing with any affective disorders. The case studies and anecdotes are particularly helpful in giving a reader a sense of the ubiquity of the affect of day length and weather on human experience.
Features: The photographs, charts, and illustrations in this book enhance the text without complicating it unnecessarily. The organization permits the reader to easily find research, practical information, and personal stories.
Assessment: The author has succeeded in updating and improving the quintessential text for students, practitioners, and lay people interested in learning more about the biology, psychology, and spirituality of the seasons' effects on human life. More than a text, it makes for interesting reading on a cold winter night.
From the Publisher
"This is the book I recommend to all who struggle beneath the weight of winter. It is highly authoritative yet lively, warm, and quite personal. Dr. Rosenthal is an unsurpassed expert in the field and he lays out exactly what you need to do to feel more like your 'summer self.'"—Michael J. Norden, MD, University of Washington, author of Beyond Prozac

"This is a 'must' read for all who suffer from seasonal affective disorder—and for their parents, spouses, and significant others. Illustrated with a rich mixture of case histories and the latest research results, the book does a masterful job of describing the history, origins, and treatment of SAD. This is painless medicine indeed!"—Dean Hamer, PhD, coauthor of Living With Our Genes; Chief of Gene Structure and Regulation at the National Cancer Institute

"Written to introduce both health professional and the lay public to the topic of seasonal affective dissorder (SAD), this book succeeds in providing the essentials about the diagnosis and treatment of SAD while engaging the reader in literature and thought-provoking discussions of the broader role of seasonality in our culture and our lives. The text is very well written and the case vignettes are illuminating and often touching....The book helps make sense of a puzzling and potentially incapacitating illness and offers explicit hope for a better future."—Michael E. Thase, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

"Winter Blues is a fascinating and authoritative account of what science knows about our vital relationship to light. Dr. Rosenthal, an internationally recognized expert in the field of mood disorders, vividly describes the intriguing seasonal pattern in our moods, energies, and behaviors, as well as the recent treatments that have evolved to help mitigate the suffering experienced by the many individuals who have seasonal affective disorder. Winter Blues is an excellent and highly readable book."—Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, author of Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament

"Wonderfully written and full of vital information by an unequaled expert on the subject. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who, like myself, has the winter blues. Read and heed Dr. Rosenthal's advice. It can change your life."—Jean Carper, syndicated columnist and author of Food—Your Miracle Medicine

"An elegant book....An enlightening work....Combines the tradition of doctor as humanist with an exciting new science of the mind."—Judith Rapoport, MD, author of The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing

4 Stars! from Doody
Patricia M. Meaden
This is the newly revised edition of the definitive resource for lay people and professionals interested in learning about the diagnosis and treatment of seasonal effective disorder. The new edition provides up-to-date research and new approaches to coping with this disorder. The author sets out to destigmatize the role of seasonality in human life, providing a broad range of methods for coping with and "triumphing over" the dramatic as well as the subtle effects of the change of seasons on human physiological and psychological experience. The accessible style and comprehensive approach offers something for any audience, lay or professional. Many of the coping strategies would be useful for dealing with any affective disorders. The case studies and anecdotes are particularly helpful in giving a reader a sense of the ubiquity of the affect of day length and weather on human experience. The photographs, charts, and illustrations in this book enhance the text without complicating it unnecessarily. The organization permits the reader to easily find research, practical information, and personal stories. The author has succeeded in updating and improving the quintessential text for students, practitioners, and lay people interested in learning more about the biology, psychology, and spirituality of the seasons' effects on human life. More than a text, it makes for interesting reading on a cold winter night.
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:
9781572303959
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
10/05/1998
Series:
Health/Self-Help/Psychology Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
355
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

A pioneer in the field of seasonal studies, Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, is Chief of the Section on Environmental Psychiatry at the National Institute of Mental Health. He is internationally recognized for his outstanding contribution to the understanding and treatment of depression. Widely published, he is the author of St. John's Wort: The Herbal Way to Feeling Good.

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