Melancholia: The Diagnosis, Pathophysiology and Treatment of Depressive Illness (Paperback)
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Melancholia: The Diagnosis, Pathophysiology and Treatment of Depressive Illness (Paperback)

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Paperback 564 Pages / Published: 11/02/2010
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This book provides a comprehensive review of melancholia as a severe disorder of mood, associated with suicide, psychosis, and catatonia. The syndrome is defined with a clear diagnosis, prognosis, and range of management strategies, differentiated from other similar psychiatric, neurological, and general medical conditions. It challenges accepted doctrines in the classification and biology of the mood disorders and defines melancholia as a treatable mental illness. Described for millennia in medical texts and used as a term in literature and poetry, melancholia was included within early versions of the major diagnostic classificatory systems, but lost favour in later editions. This book updates the arguments for the diagnosis, describes its characteristics in detail, and promotes treatment and prevention. The book offers great hope to those with a disorder too often mis-diagnosed and often fatal. It should be read by all those responsible for the management of patients with mood disorders.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521131247
Number of pages: 564
Weight: 890 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 29 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Review of the hardback: 'It is an exceptionally well researched and heavily referenced (50 pages) book and provides a sound source for further reading. ... They give clear clinical advice on the management of melancholia and helping those that suffer from it. ...If you are already a convert to the melancholia idea then this book will reinforce your view.' Psychological Medicine
Review of the hardback: '... I recommend the book without reservation.' Psychiatric Services
Review of the hardback: 'In the preface of Melancholia, the authors assert that one objective of the book is to 'Challenge accepted doctrines' regarding the classification and treatment of depressive illness. To this end, they don't disappoint, approaching this goal with a vigour that emanates from every section.' Psychiatric Services
"Taylor and Fink are right to call attention to the current neglect of melancholic depression...The authors' emphasis on the special nature of melancholia serves as a welcome reminder that we should pay more attention to this blackest form of mood disorder." Samuel H. Barondes, The New England Journal of Medicine
"...the historical information and broad understanding of the complex subject matter will be valid for many years to come." Victoria A. Shea, M.D., Psychiatric Services
"The book elegantly integrates genetic predispositions, environmental stressors, temperament, and neurophysiology to both explain what is known about the causes of melancholia and to chart a research agenda.... should be required reading for younger clinicians and residents trained under the hegemony of categorical classification systems..." Cynthia M. A. Geppert, MD, PhD, MPH, Psychiatric Times
"I doubt anyone has ever written as comprehensive a book on any aspect of mood disorder.... Overall an outstanding work, thorough and precise. It is written at several levels, and can be read by anyone, no matter what level of training or professional expertise." Roy Sugarman, Ph.D., Director of Clinical and Neuropsychological Services, Brain Resource Company, Ultimo, Australia Metapsychology Online Reviews

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