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Good source of information, somewhat unconventional
August 10, 2014
Good reference on depression and bipolar disorder. The author is skeptical about the claims of cognitive therapy and believes depression is best treated with medication. He believes the cause is strictly biological and not psychological and emphasizes that there is no shame in acknowledging these illnesses. Unlike most experts, however, he is slightly more open to unconventional treatments like St. John's Wort and magnetic cranial therapy. And it seems to be the conventional wisdom these days that electroconvulsive treatment is highly effective and is not as scary as it sounds. The author is a social worker and not a psychiatrist, but he seems to have a good handle on depression and mood disorders in general. But some of his ideas do not accord with what I have read in other books, and I am by now aware that there are competing theories on how to treat mental illness. This book is a good one, but is one of many.