- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (June 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393711463
- ISBN-13: 978-0393711462
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders: Not Fully Bipolar But Not Unipolar--Practical Management 1st Edition
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“[A] tremendous resource to help differentiate between cases of mood disorder or bipolar disorder. Dr. Phelps is a respected and highly-experienced physician. He presents a thorough and convincing explanation of the nuances of accepting that a broad spectrum of mood disorders does exist. Professionals who acknowledge this will be able to use Dr. Phelps’ book to provide patients with the focused, in-depth treatment they require.”
“Dr. James Phelps bravely enters territory that academia has largely neglected―the nebulous region between full bipolar disorder and major depression. . . . [A] must-read for any health professional involved in the treatment of affective illnesses, including psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychologists, and therapists.”
- Psychiatric Times
“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
“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. Prior to joining Samaritan Mental Health, Dr. Phelps held a private practice in Corvallis while writing an internationally known website, PsychEducation.org, and teaching across the U.S. He is recognized as a national expert on the topic of bipolar disorder, and has published more than 15 books and journal articles pertaining to mental health.
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It is *crucial* to understand that almost all the usual "anti-depressants" actually make a bipolar depression *worse* not better. One reason that psychiatrists' practices are so busy is that they are spending so much time treating all the casualties of misdiagnosis + counter-therapeutic treatments like SSRIs. Dr. Phelps is an excellent writer and a clear thinker--unlike many of his psychiatric colleagues--and his astute clinical insight comes through very helpfully.
I will say that the book seems to be addressing MDs but his website (given in the book) is reader friendly and almost folksy. I now have a good grasp of the gene and stress factors that contribute to regular depression and am fascinated by how the biological clock is a major player in bipolar disorders. I teach a neuroscience seminar for continuing education and I WILL be passing on Dr. Phelps' information and recommending A SPECTRUM APPROACH TO MOOD DISORDERS.