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

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

by Peter C. Whybrow


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When first published in 1997 this groundbreaking work on the science of mood both redefined the field and—with compassion, understanding, and scientific rigor—made it accessible to those who would most benefit from the latest findings. Now, Peter Whybrow, one of the world's most distinguished psychiatrists, has updated his definitive account of mood disorders. In A Mood Apart he argues that disorders such as depression constitute afflictions of the self, exploring the human experience of manic depressive illness, and rediscovering the human being behind the diagnosis. Drawing on cutting-edge research and his experience as a clinician, he shows how the science and culture surrounding mood disorders have changed since the first edition. Nearly two decades since its original publication, A Mood Apart remains an essential book for anyone who has been affected by depression.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465064847
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 1,258,836
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Peter C. Whybrow, M.D. is Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California in Los Angeles. He is also the Judson Braun Distinguished Professor and Executive Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine and CEO of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA.

A founding member and Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Whybrow has lectured widely across the United States and Europe, and is the recipient of many awards. A frequent advisor to universities, foundations, and government agencies and the author of numerous scientific papers and six books, Whybrow lives in Los Angeles, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2015 Edition
Prologue: The Masks of the Human Carnival

1. A Glimpse of Melancholy

2. Darkness Visible

3. A Different Drummer

4. A Mind of One’s Own

5. Unique and Similar to Others

6. The Legacy of the Lizard

7. The Vital Balance

8. Of Human Bondage

9. Pills to Purge Melancholy

10. Thoughtful Reconstruction

Epilogue The Human Carnival

Appendix: The Pharmacology of Mood
Disorders: A Glossary and Brief Guide
Name Index
Subject Index

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