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Depression: A Very Short Introduction

Mary Jane Tacchi and Jan Scott

January 2017

ISBN: 9780199558650

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

What is depression? What is bipolar disorder? How are they diagnosed and how are they treated? This Very Short Introduction gives a history of these two disorders and considers how they are experienced and understood today. Scott and Tacchi also discuss how mood disorders can influence creativity.

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What is depression? What is bipolar disorder? How are they diagnosed and how are they treated? This Very Short Introduction gives a history of these two disorders and considers how they are experienced and understood today. Scott and Tacchi also discuss how mood disorders can influence creativity.

  • Discusses depression, manic depression, and bipolar disorder, covering the history of these disorders, and our understanding and treatment of them today
  • Considers some of the most controversial areas of the field, such as childhood diagnosis as well as antidepressants and suicide
  • Examines the symptoms and signs of both disorders and looks at the association between physical disorders and depression
  • Explores current and future themes in contemporary research, especially in relation to the development of treatment
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Mary Jane Tacchi, Consultant Psychiatrist, and Jan Scott, Professor of Psychological Medicine, Newcastle University

Jan Scott has undertaken major research studies on both depression and manic depression. She is a Professor of Psychological Medicine at Newcastle University, and has published over 200 scientific papers and reviews, as well as textbooks, treatment manuals and book chapters for specialist and general readerships. She has also contributed to several Government publications. Together with Mary Jane Tacchi she is the author of Improving Adherence in Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders (John Wiley, 2005).

Mary Jane Tacchi is a Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry who is also trained in cognitive therapy. She instigated the Crisis assessment and home based treatment team in Newcastle - a development which won her the national 'Hospital Doctor of the Year Award' in 2002. She has undertaken research on brief cognitive therapy for depression and adherence therapy for manic depression, and has written extensively on the problems of engagement with services and adherence with treatment.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:A very short history of melancholia
    2:The modern era: diagnosis and classification of depression
    3:Who is at risk of depression?
    4:Models of depression
    5:The evolution of treatments
    6:Current controversies, future directions
    7:Depression in modern society
    References
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"Its biggest strengths are its clear writing-style, succinct delivery, and scope. The authors have endeavored to capture the broad range of issues surrounding depression within a little over 100 pages, and have arguably succeeded, without much loss of depth or accuracy." - Daniel J. Dunleavy, Metapsychology