Doody's Review Written and laid out in a simple-to-read fashion, the book avoids medical terminology and statistics. Intended primarily for laypersons, the book provides concise but simple to understand information about depression. It draws on the knowledge gained from biological and psychosocial research as well as the extensive clinical experience of the author.
<br>Danuta Wasserman is a specialist in general psychiatry and has a psychotherapeutic training. She is an active member of several professional organizations. On a national and Nordic level, Danuta Wasserman has built up the National Centre for the Prevention of Mental Ill-Health and Suicide (NASP) and a strong Nordic research network on the prevention of mental disorders. She has the first Professorship in Europe in Psychiatry and Suicidology, established in 1995 at the Karolinska Institutet. Professor Wasserman received several significant Research Awards, such as the Stengel Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention, for outstanding contributions in the field of suicide research and prevention; Distinguished Research Award: from the American Foundation for Suicide Research; Hans-Rost-Prize, German Association for Suicide Prevention; and the Nordic Public Health Prize by the Nordic Council of Ministers of Health.<br>
Preface; PART 1 SYMPTOMS OF DEPRESSION; 1. Sorrow and natural despondency; 2. Mood disorders; 3. Seasonal depressions; 4. Depression in childhood and adolescence; 5. Women, men, and depression; 6. The elderly and depression; 7. Physical illness, pain, symptoms, and depression; 8. Substance abuse and depression; 9. Eating disturbances and depression; 10. Anxiety and depression; 11. Sleep and depression; PART 2 CAUSES OF DEPRESSION; 12. Biological theories on the causes of depression; 13. Psychological theories of depression; 14. Nature or nurture: what matters most?; PART 3 TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION; 15. When to see a doctor and subsequent treatment; 16. Treatment with antidepressant medication; 17. Sexuality, depression, and antidepressant medication; 18. Electroconvulsive therapy and light therapy; 19. Psychological forms of treatment; 20. Advice to family members; 21. Self-help in depression; 22. Suicide and depression: when zest for life is gone