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Dealing with Depression : A Common Sense Guide to Mood Disorders - Gordon Parker

Dealing with Depression

A Common Sense Guide to Mood Disorders

Paperback Published: 1st July 2004
ISBN: 9781741142143
Number Of Pages: 204

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A revised edition of this bestselling user-friendly guide for sufferers of depression and those who care for them.

'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.

About the Author

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.

Industry Reviews

Gordon Parker has style. The second edition of Dealing with Depressionprovides an outstandingly accessible account of how he sees the theory and practice of treating depression. While it is clearly written originally for the non-professional, the story is told from the cutting edge of research and treatment. It exemplifies the modern unifying approach to psychiatry a synthesis of reliable knowledge and clinical judgment. It is a book both to read and to recommend to one's patients and their families. Guy Goodwin, Professor of Psychiatry, Oxford University

Preface to the Second Editionp. ix
List of Tables and Figuresp. xii
Acronymsp. xiii
Introductionp. xiv
What is Depression?p. 1
Depression, a Common Experiencep. 6
Classification of Depressionp. 13
Clinical Depressionp. 17
Unipolar and Bipolar Disordersp. 24
General Features of Depressive and Bipolar Disorders: the Experiencep. 30
Postnatal Mood Disordersp. 40
Grief: the Experiencep. 44
Stress and Depressive Subtypesp. 48
Personality Styles and Non-Melancholic Depressionp. 57
Four Vignettesp. 70
The Biology of Depressionp. 74
Professional Assessmentp. 83
Drug Treatmentsp. 88
Electroconvulsive Therapy and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulationp. 103
Cognitive Therapiesp. 107
Interpersonal Therapyp. 118
Psychotherapies and Counsellingp. 122
Anger Managementp. 126
Matching the Treatment to the Depressionp. 131
Living with Someone with Depressionp. 140
Appendix: Mood Disorders, the Artistic Temperament and Worldly Successp. 145
Glossaryp. 146
Resourcesp. 157
Referencesp. 168
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9781741142143
ISBN-10: 1741142148
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 1st July 2004
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2