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Modelling and Managing the Depressive Disorders

Modelling and Managing the Depressive Disorders
A Clinical Guide


  • Date Published: July 2005
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521671446

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  • The DSM and ICD mental illness classificatory systems define mood disorder as essentially a single condition varying only by severity; however, there are major problems with this approach. In this book, Gordon Parker and Vijaya Manicavasagar expose the weaknesses in the existing models, and describe a new approach to sub-typing and managing depression based on there being some specific defined manifestations, including melancholia and psychotic depression, as well as versions of the condition highly dependent on life stresses and personality styles. They argue that depression can exist as a disease, a disorder, a syndrome and a normal reaction, and it therefore requires a multi-modal approach to conceptualization and management. Highly illustrated in full colour throughout and written in an entertaining, but informative and practical style, this book should be read by all those responsible for managing or caring for individuals with mental illness.

    • Challenges the existing thinking on depression
    • Describes a new framework for understanding and treating this range of related disorders
    • Written in an entertaining and practical style supplemented with colourful and clear illustrative content
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'What I found particularly refreshing about this book was the brio with which it was written … the attitude and approach displayed by the authors of this volume are surely a hopeful prognostic sign for future research in depression.' Allan Y. Young, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

    '… these chapters … discuss the ideal attributes of a therapist and provide easily understandable case vignettes illustrating the personality disorders, [therefore] they are especially appropriate for students of psychiatry and psychology; some patients might find them a useful resource. They provide an easy-to-understand outline that would be helpful to a wide audience.' The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

    'It's all good stuff and gets you thinking, especially about 'what is the illness I see before me, what is its likely natural history, why and how is the best way to treat it?'' Australia and New Zealand Association of Psychiatrists in Training

    '… this is a well-written book and the regular use of summary boxes and case vignettes makes it highly readable. The research expertise and clinical experience of the authors come across strongly and will make the book particularly attractive to clinicians. The provocative nature of the first section will cause many to challenge their view of depression. This book is highly recommended.' Journal of Psychosomatic Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521671446
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 176 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.537kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Current Model for Depressive Disorders and its Impact on Clinical Management:
    1. A declaration of independence
    2. Defining and diagnosing depression
    3. Depression sub-typing: independence and interdependence
    Part II. The Diagnosis and Management of Psychotic and Melancholic Depression:
    4. Management of melancholic depression
    5. Management of psychotic depression
    6. Bipolar melancholic/psychotic depression
    7. Our model of non-melancholic depression
    8. Self-esteem
    9. Personality style and functioning
    10. Identifying the constructs to non-melancholic depression - stress
    11. Resilience and vulnerability
    12. Psychological interventions for non-melancholic depression
    Part III. Modelling and Managing the Non-Melancholic Depressive Disorders:
    13. Acute stress-related non-melancholic depression
    14. Acute stress-related non-melancholic depression: 'key and lock' mode
    15. Chronic stress-related non-melancholic depression
    16. The perfectionist personality style and non-melancholic depression
    17. Irritability and non-melancholic depression
    18. Anxious worrying and non-melancholic depression
    19. Social avoidance and non-melancholic depression
    20. Personal reserve and non-melancholic depression
    21. Rejection sensitivity and non-melancholic depression
    22. Self-focussed personality style and non-melancholic depression
    23. Self-criticism and non-melancholic depression
    24. Natural and alternative treatments for non-melancholic depression
    Appendix 1. The DMI-18 and the DMI-10
    Appendix 2. The core system of measuring psychomotor disturbance
    Appendix 3. The temperament and personality (T&P) measure.

  • Authors

    Gordon Parker, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    Professor Gordon Parker is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales and the Executive Director of the Black Dog Institute which is a research, clinical, education and training facility for mood disorders. He is an active researcher and, in 2003, was awarded a Citation Laureate for being one of the most highly cited Australians in the fields of Psychiatry and Psychology.

    Vijaya Manicavasagar, University of New South Wales, Sydney
    Dr Vijaya Manicavasagar is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and Senior Research Fellow with the Black Dog Institute, University of New South Wales, and an adjunct Senior Lecturer within the School of Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine of the same university. She has had a long-standing interest in the psychological treatment of mood disorders.

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