Reviewer: Thanh Thai, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This 116-page manual details the chronotherapeutic interventions available for the treatment of affective disorders.
Purpose: The authors wanted to design a sourcebook to educate clinicians on the current scientific knowledge of chronobiology and sleep research through a review of the relevant clinical literature. The authors attempt to balance this theoretical framework with practical guides for principal therapeutic procedures for both inpatients and outpatients. The manual is accessible and fairly easy to read, with practical guidelines for implementation of chronotherapeutics. However, as a manual, it serves more as an overview than an in-depth exploration, particularly with regards to the scientific review of the literature.
Audience: The audience includes psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care physicians, and healthcare administrators. The manual is certainly written in a way that will allow most people outside of the healthcare professions to gain some insight into the relationship between affective disorders and sleep. The authors are two psychologists and a psychiatrist who have done research in the area and have written extensively on the subject.
Features: The manual begins with an exploration of the relationship between light, sleep, and mood disorders. It then focuses on the use of light therapy, wake therapy, and sleep phase advance in affective disorders and explores the practical guidelines for their use as well as their combination with other treatment modalities, including medication. The manual is easy to read and has many figures and diagrams in color that help illustrate the data and principles involved.
Assessment: This well-written manual authored by leading researchers in the field is easily accessible to those interested in the field of chronotherapeutics and can serve as a very practical guide to clinicians implementing chronotherapeutics in their practice.