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

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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 Ap ...more
Paperback, 408 pages
Published May 12th 2015 by Basic Books (first published April 14th 2015)
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Annie Shay
Jul 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
Tried so hard to be literary and informative. Tedious. Many medical sections were recounting 30+ years ago research and he barely mentioned breakthroughs that are critical to patients. It is dull.
Kathleen Garber
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this one up at the library and something about it was familiar so I think I may have read it before, or at least tried to. It’s a hard read but very interesting. It’s not your usual book on mood disorders but goes into the neuroscience behind them and gives case studies and then analyses them.

If you are just looking for more information on Bipolar or Depression because you’ve been newly diagnosed than this is not your book. However if you are quite familiar with Bipolar or Depression an
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Sunny
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, science
Insightful book on mood disorders; mania and melancholy.
Good combinations between personal narratives of people affected by these disorder and scientific explanation of such illnesses.
Limbic alliance (Thalamus, hypothalamus, Hippocampus, Amygdala) as homeostatis regulator. Mood disorder as results of imbalance/impair on such regulating system?
Nikita
Doesn't anyone else find it strange how he breaches confidentiality of several of his patients?
Might've enjoyed this more if I didn't study psychology. So much of it was really redundant for me to read, and a lot of what he writes isn't in line with the current viewpoints/terminology used in the psychology field.
Lindsey
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Peter Whybrow has written a practical guide to mood disorders that also somehow manages to be a beautiful and compelling work of nonfiction. I look forward to rereading it and plan to recommend it to anyone seeking a better understanding of the complexity of bipolar disorder, not only those personally affected.
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