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

Peter Whybrow

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Prose: non-fiction, Psychology

"A brilliant work that speaks in eloquent and human terms.... A major contribution to the literature of mental illness."-William Styron, author of Darkness Visible

When first published in 1997 this ground-breaking 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.

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