Dealing With Depression: A Commonsense Guide To Mood Disorders

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Allen & Unwin, 2004 - Health & Fitness - 182 pages
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'This unique book, written by one of the world's leading authorities on depression, focuses on a way of thinking about the complexity and diversity of the mood disorders that is both easy to understand and rings' true. Well-written and thought provoking, it is essential reading for all whose lives are affected by depression.' - Michael Thase, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh

'Everyone with an interest in depression care should read this unique, sensible and innovative approach developed for many years of experience working with depressed people. It is essential reading for sufferers, their carers and professionals.' - Professor Andre Tylee, Institute of Psychiatry, London

Most of us get 'the blues' at some point in our lives, and some people find that they just can't shake them. How can you tell when you or someone you know is suffering from depression that needs clinical treatment? How can you find the best treatment for your depression?

Dealing with Depression is a brief, user-friendly guide to depression and mood disorders for sufferers, their families, and health professionals who care for them. Professor Parker explains that contrary to popular belief, there are many different types of depression, each benefiting from differing treatments.

Since it was first published, Dealing with Depression has been widely used by both general readers and health professionals. This second edition contains new information on bipolar disorders and the influence of personality styles on non-melancholic disorders. It has been updated throughout to reflect recent research.

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What is depression?
Depresssion a common experience
Classification of depression
Clinical depression
Unipolar and bipolar disorders
the experience
Postnatal mood disorders
the experience
The biology of depression
Professional assessment
Drug treatments
Electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation
Cognitive therapies
Interpersonal therapy
Psychotherapies and counselling
Appendix Mood disorders the artistic temperament

Stress and depressive subtypes
Personality styles and nonmelancholic depression
Four vignettes

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Page 177 - Loo C, Mitchell P, Sachdev P, et al: Doubleblind controlled investigation of transcranial magnetic stimulation for the treatment of resistant major depression. Am J Psychiatry 156:946-948, 1999 Loo H, Brochier T: Long-term treatment with antidepressive drugs [in French].
Page 4 - Melancholia" would still appear to be a far more apt and evocative word for the blacker forms of the disorder, but it was usurped by a noun with a bland tonality and lacking any magisterial presence, used indifferently to describe an economic decline or a rut in the ground, a true wimp of a word for such a major illness.
Page 41 - I'd feel the horror, like some poisonous fogbank, roll in upon my mind, forcing me into bed. There I would lie for as long as six hours, stuporous and virtually paralyzed, gazing at the ceiling and waiting for that moment of evening when, mysteriously, the crucifixion would ease up just enough to allow me to force down some food and then, like an automaton, seek an hour or two of sleep again.
Page 146 - ... could not have been said, all the intelligence, competence and time you put into it; and your granite belief that mine was a life worth living. You were terribly direct which was terribly important, and you were willing to admit the limits of your understanding and treatments and when you were wrong. Most difficult to put into words but in many ways the essence of everything.
Page 146 - Well, there never was anything he could say, that's the funny thing. It was all the stupid, desperately optimistic, condescending things he didn't say that kept me alive; all the compassion and warmth I felt from him that could not have been said; all the intelligence, competence, and time he put into it; and his granite belief that mine was a life worth living.
Page 23 - Depressed mood for most of the day, for more days than not for at least 2 years...
Page 9 - It thus remains nearly incomprehensible to those who have not experienced it in its extreme mode, although the gloom, 'the blues' which people go through occasionally and associate with the general hassle of everyday existence are of such prevalence that they do give many individuals a hint of the illness in its catastrophic form.
Page 62 - There was a neuronal pileup on the highways of my brain, and the more I tried to slow down my thinking the more I became aware that I couldn't.
Page 139 - At this point in my existence, I cannot imagine leading a normal life without both taking lithium and having had the benefits of psychotherapy. Lithium prevents my seductive but disastrous highs, diminishes my depressions, clears out the wool and webbing from my disordered thinking, slows me down, gentles me out, keeps me from ruining my career and relationships, keeps me out of a hospital, alive, and makes psychotherapy possible. But, ineffably...
Page 4 - ... to be dying; to be slow of mind; to be lacking in grace, polish, and coordination; to be ugly; to have no belief in the possibilities of life, the pleasures of sex, the exquisiteness of music, or the ability to make yourself and others laugh. i...

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Gordon Parker AO is a leading international expert on depression and mood disorders. He is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, and Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute (incorporating the former Mood Disorders Unit) at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney.

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