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Depression, the Mood Disease


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PrefaceIntroductionPart I: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment1. MoodMood: What Is It?The Chemistry of MoodAn Early Breakthrough in Brain ScienceMood DisordersWhat Is the Biology of Depression?2. DepressionThe Symptoms of Major Depression"Normal" Depression?The Classification of Depression3. TreatmentMedicationsElectroconvulsive TherapyOther Brain Stimulation TechniquesComplicated DepressionTests for Mood Disorders4. Bipolar DisorderWhat Is Bipolar Disorder?The Hypomanic SyndromeAnother Duality"Mood Swings" and CyclothymiaIs There a Spectrum of Mood Disorders?The Chemistry of Bipolar DisorderThe Treatment of Bipolar DisorderLength of Treatment in Bipolar DisordersTreating "Soft" Bipolar DisordersPart II: Variations, Causes, and Connections5. Variations of the Mood DisordersMajor Depression in the ElderlyMood Disorders in Children and AdolescentsMood Disorders in WomenDepression and StrokeDepression and PainSeasonal Affective DisorderSchizoaffective DisorderPanic Attacks and Mood Disorders6. Causal Factors and AssociationsThe Heredity of Mood DisordersAlcohol and Drug Abuse and Mood DisordersMedical Causes of Mood DisordersSleep and DepressionPart III: Getting Better7. Advice for Patients with Mood Disorders and Their FamiliesWho Can Help? The Mental Health ProfessionalsLiving with a Mood DisorderCommunity Support and National OrganizationsThe FamilyHow to Help with Depression8. Summing Up and Looking AheadFurther ReadingSupport and Advocacy OrganizationsIndex

About the Author

Francis Mark Mondimore, M.D., is a psychiatrist and member of the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His books include Bipolar Disorder: A Guide for Patients and Families and Adolescent Depression: A Guide for Parents, both published by Johns Hopkins.


In the style of Demitri and Janice Papolos's Overcoming Depression (Harper, 1987) but less detailed, this book presents a ``consumer's guide'' to mood or affective disorders. Mondimore discusses symptoms, proper diagnosis, treatment, causes, and advice to families along with the connection between mood disorders and seasonal affective disorder, premenstrual syndrome, panic disorders, and anorexia. But he omits mentioning the relationship between depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The book succeeds best as a readable, informative, comforting overview of a common illness frightening to most people. Its conciseness, however, can be dangerous; it offers no detailed list of foods incompatible with the MAO inhibitors used to treat depression, too few case studies, and little about psychotherapy. Recommended only as a supplement to the Papolos's book or similar titles.-- Janice Arenofsky, formerly with Arizona State Lib., Phoenix

A readable, informative, comforting overview of an illness most people consider scary. Library Journal A clearly written, comprehensive, and compassionate guide. Science Books and Films If it seems a gloomy thought to explore the workings of mental doldrums, psychiatrist Mondimore makes this a safe trip, explaining in simple language how depression and manic-depression take effect and what victims can do about it. Publishers Weekly A recommended pick for both public and college-level libraries. Bookwatch This is a reader friendly book on depression and mood disorders written primarily for patients and their families. It explains scientific and clinical facts at a patient level helping the patient get a better bearing on the nature of depression. Doody's Review Service There are many books about depression currently available. What makes this one so special is its sheer comprehensiveness within a two hundred page limit... to be recommended to sufferers and professionals in the mental health field. -- Kevin M. Purday Metapsychology Depression, the Mood Disease is a recommended pick for both public and college-level libraries. Midwest Book Review

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