One of the world's leading experts on depression, J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D., chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, gives the general reader the latest and best information about an illness that one in five Americans will experience at some time in life.
What depression is, who gets it and why, what happens in the brain, the troubles that come with the illness, and the treatments that work (or do not) are the subjects in Understanding Depression. The author includes manic-depression (bipolar disorder), pointing out how often the two are related. Drawing on his experience with more than 8,000 affected people during 25 years of treating and counseling patients and speaking in public, Dr. DePaulo says that anyone who confronts depression fights it as an individual, and every case is different and deserves to be worked out it its own right. With this book, readers can make a powerful start.
Dr. DePaulo's work will be treasured for its wisdom, encouraging attitude, comforting compassion, and solid advice.
"Understanding Depression is an excellent bridge between medical science and the sufferer."
-Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, author of Exuberance: The Passion for Life and An Unquiet Mind
"...thoughtful, exhaustive reference on depression...readers will find this an invaluable resource."