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A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders: Not Fully Bipolar But Not Unipolar--Practical Management 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0393711462
ISBN-10: 0393711463
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“James Phelps provides an invaluable resource for understanding and addressing complex or intractable mood disorders. Frustrating for clinicians and patients alike, the traditional first line of defense―antidepressants―regularly fails to help and often worsens symptoms. Here is help. Lucidly written and comprehensively researched, this guidebook upends rigid notions about bipolarity versus depression and provides clear direction and evidence for effective treatment options. It belongs on every practitioner's bookshelf.” (Jana Svoboda, LCSW, Clinical Social Worker, Samaritan Family Medicine Resident Clinic)

“Engaging, wise, and superbly practical, this book addresses the complexity of the subject matter while providing an accessible guide for a range of health professionals to improve the treatment of mood disorders. The author integrates research and decades of clinical experience with a refreshing candor, inspiring you to think. The value of this book lies not only in the empowerment of the treating provider, but also in emphasizing the empowerment of the individual seeking treatment.” (Lea Burns, PsyD, Primary Care Psychologist, Samaritan Family Medicine Resident Clinic)

“James Phelps provides a guide for the perplexed. He analyzes the most complex, most common, and least understood aspect of clinical practice―the spectrum halfway between depression and mania. Many people suffer in that purgatory of diagnosis, neither truly bipolar nor unipolar, but they and their clinicians don't realize it. They should read this book. One can hope that future readers can look back on it as a key step towards ending an old and long period of clinical confusion.” (Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH, Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Mood Disorders Program, Tufts Medical Center)

“James Phelps' seminal work establishes a clear description of bipolarity and mood, moving us beyond the limitations of a binary construct. This excellent lens provides for greater diagnostic accuracy by including those with undiagnosed and/or mis-diagnosed mood traits. Dr. Phelps has created an essential tool-kit with a range of non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions to improve the quality of life and outcomes for those with bipolar symptoms.” (Lynnea Lindsey-Pengelly, PhD, MSCP, Medical Services Director, Trillium Behavioral Health)

“How we think about recognizing and treating mood disturbances profoundly impacts how we treat them. And nowhere is there more confusion in clinical psychiatry than at the meeting point of mania and depression. James Phelps’ impressive new book A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders goes a long way toward ending the confusion and helping the mental health clinician take a balanced and reasoned approach to the treatment of the many patients who show a range of mood disturbances over time. It should be mandatory reading for everyone about to prescribe, or take, an antidepressant or mood stabilizer.” (Charles Raison, MD, Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

About the Author

James Phelps, MD, is director of the Mood Disorders program at Samaritan Mental Health in Corvallis, Oregon, which serves a five-hospital system.

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