A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania, and Other Afflictions of the Self

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BasicBooks, 1997 - Medical - 363 pages
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In A Mood Apart, Dr. Peter Whybrow examines mood disorder as "an affliction of the self", exploring the human experience of manic-depressive illness, rediscovering the human being within the diagnosis. Our culture stigmatizes and romanticizes mental illness confusing it with questions of willpower, personal weakness, or creative impetuosity. Dr. Whybrow teaches us that we live our lives by systems of regulation and control - a process he calls "emotional homeostasis". The primary goal of treatment, using a combination of psychopharmacology and talk therapy, is to restore to the patient a new understanding of and healthy mastery over mood disorders, a recovery of the self. From one of the country's most distinguished psychiatrists and an internationally renowned authority, A Mood Apart consoles by combining the intimacy of detailed case studies with the objectivity of a lifetime's scientific research and clinical experience. It is essential reading for all those curious about how our brains "work" and our lives "feel", for those suffering from mood disorders and for those who care about them.

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Review: A Mood Apart: The Thinker's Guide to Emotion and Its Disorders

User Review  - Molly - Goodreads

Deeply informative and empathetic book about bipolar illness. Beautiful writing. Read full review

Review: A Mood Apart: The Thinker's Guide to Emotion and Its Disorders

User Review  - Ami - Goodreads

I read almost 200 pages of this highly technical tome, and then I just couldn't go any farther. Not particularly enjoyable or informative for people who are well-versed in bipolar disorder. 1.5 stars. Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Peter Whybrow, M.D., is chairman of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Depressive and Manic Depressive Association. In 1996, he was awarded the Gerald L. Klerman Lifetime Research Award by the NDMDA. Dr. Whybrow has lectured extensively throughout Europe and the United States. He lives in Philadelphia, PA.

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