By Donald F. Klein and Paul H. Wender, MDs
Incorporating the latest research on treatments for depression, the authors illustrate the importance of accurately diagnosing the disease and using tested treatments. The book provides the means of evaluating the benefits and disadvantages of both pharmaceutical and psychological treatment of depression.
In explaining the different treatments available, the authors provide detailed information on the use of both old and new antidepressants and SSRIs, as well as herbal supplements like St. John’s wort. They also focus on the environmental and hereditary causes of depression, about which there are still many misconceptions.
Using excerpts from patient histories to show progress from the onset of depression through treatment and recovery, the book puts a human face on the specter of depression. It shows how many depressed persons fail to seek help or are misdiagnosed by doctors who do not recognize their symptoms.
The book includes several simple tests which readers can use to determine the need to seek a psychological evaluation. 207 pages. 2005.