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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.