Online read A Mood Apart The Thinker's Guide to Emotion and Its Disorders AUTHOR Peter C. Whybrow – chiangshistory.org
and how to navigate them The most important thing to take away is that mental disorders reuire a three prongedhow to navigate them The most important thing to take away is that mental disorders reuire a three pronged 1 self awareness and acknowledgement that you have the disease 2 therapy 3 consistent medication If people don t embrace all three they will forever be plagued with the highs and lows that go hand in hand with most mental illness Definitely a good read The author a psychiatrist attempts to explain to the lay person the physical causes of depression and mania and the way psychiatric drugs such as Prozac and Lithium work to keep these illnesses under control He uses real life examples of depressed and bipolar people to help the reader s understandingConsidering that much of this book concerned brain chemistry I thought it was reasonably understandable and the style of writing mostly managed to avoid the denseness of a
textbook Whybrow addresses some of the various forms of talk therapies as well as medications and he includesWhybrow addresses some of the various forms of talk therapies as well as medications and he includes helpful tables in the back of the book of anti depressant drugs and mood stabilizers and their side effects This is a good resource for people suffering from depression or bipolar disorder or any other person who wants to learn about these illnesses I ve been reading this book on and off for a long long time the subject reuiring a very specific state of mind and often hitting rather close to home not so much the parts about mania but the descriptions of depression definitely felt familiar It feels somewhat dated but I actually found it interesting to learn about the earlier days of modern psychiatry ie since the 70s and the book covers a wide range of topics around mood disorders The author has been working the field for decades and what made this book especially appealing was the genuine liking and respect for the people whose stories are told An excellent book for anyone who has ever been forced to ask why This is one of the best books I ve ever read on mood disorders It s heart felt terrifying and compassionate It beautifully combines explanations of the science behind these disorders with the emotional impact they have on the sufferers and the people who love them The science and research that informs treatment for mood disorders manic depression in particular Made me realize how specific some of the interventions areand that the best outcome is from a combination of correctly chosen drugs sometimes shock therapy and talk therapy This was published in 1997 I m guessing there have been advances in treatment since then My copy from 1997 had a different subtitle Depression Mania and Other Afflictions of the Self I wonder why the change for the 1998 edition Sales He uotes from Kay Redfield Jamison s memoir An Unuiet Mind 1995 madness carves its own reality didn t finish Reading for added knowledge for the diagnoses etc that I t finish Reading for added knowledge for the diagnoses etc that I across at work it is incredibly well written and articulate And fascinating For anyone who wants to know about mood disorders depression and wants to write a truly literary book about such subjects Once I started this book I couldn t help wanting to finish itIt s far from perfect the author isn t Oliver Sacks but wishes he were and is a little too keen to extoll the virtues of modern A compassionate exploration of depression and manic depression ForecastThe most thorough and wide ranging discussion for lay readers about the interplay of the. ,
Edicine while downplaying the perfectly good reasons why many patients have a hard time with psych meds hospitalization and other forms of treatmentBut overall very good insightful and lyrical Good balance of history philosophy personal stories neuroscience and practical advice all relating to the wide spectrum of depressive disorders And as someone who suffers from a mood disorder it has been incredible to see all the experiences that baffle and frustrate me laid out on paper as if they weren t incomprehensible at alluotes It is one of the great ironies of Western culture that we revere and socially applaud sustained creativity drive and infectious enthusiasm but fail to recognize these ualities as close cousins of the disorganization and suspicion that accompany them in mania and are stigmatized as maniacal madness chokengistitikchokeng i Eleven to fifteen million people in the United States are afflicted with mood disorders of some description and of these over two million suffer the severe form of manic depressive illness However fewer than one third of these millions ever receive treatment or even recognize that their misery could be relieved Moods develop from our emotions and because emotional life lies at the very core of being a person to accept That Emotion And Mood Can emotion and mood can dis ordered calls into uestion the very experience that most of us take for granted the presence of dis ordered calls into uestion the very experience that most of us take for granted the presence of defined predictable and uniue subjective entity that we fondly refer to as the intuitive self chokengistitikchokeng 7In depression Attachments to family and friends become meaningless one no longer eats with appetite if one eats at all sex is a forgotten pleasure Memory and decision making become impaired A preoccupation with minutiae and past failure steals away normal concentration driving out any sense of oy The skills to adapt to changing circumstance are lost In their place exist painfully diminished energy and negative self perception Social responsibilities are forgotten or excused Life becomes a burden The experience that the sufferer describes has only distant relevance to the real events of the world What may have started as an appropriate response to a tragic moment extends into some sort of behavioral cancer a malignant mood that invades and distorts the very nature of the self chokengistitikchokeng 15 Emmett who had manic depression and committed suicide was killed not only by his own hand but by the social stigma that surrounds depression and manic depression While we may aspire to the energy and vivacity of early mania as a form of life enhancement at the other end of the continuum depression is still commonly considered evidence of failure and a lack of moral fiber This will not change until we can speak openly about these illnesses and publicly recognize them for what they are human suffering driven by dysregulation of the human brain chokengistitikchokeng 64 Our coherent image of the world is a uniue interactive process between our brain s biology "and what we experience Each can change the other chokengistitikchokeng 68John a patient "what we experience Each can change the other chokengistitikchokeng 68John a patient In depression your normal self shrinks and you have little time for others The territory of the self gets smaller and smaller until it s totally occupied So when you talk to anyone you re not really interested in what they have to say because there s no room for them any chokengistitikchokeng 146 Selye proposed three phases of his general adapatation response to stress syndrome alarm resistanceand exhaustion The first two taken together euate essentially to what I have described as reactive homeostasis the autonomic arousal and hormone release of healthy adaptation The third phase exhaustion corresponds to the kindling of chronic arousal and adaptive failure Under these chronic conditions the feelings of foreboding increased vigilance and being wired that occur during acute stress evolve into anxiety insomnia loss of sexual interest and reduced appetite all symptoms experienced during melancholia chokengistitikchokeng 171 John s experience where a decline in mood is not the first sign of oncoming depression is not uniue In fact some 5 or 10 percent of individuals never experience obvious sadness but progress through a period of increasing anxiety and disorganization which they find difficult to pin down as a mood disturbance directly to anhedonia and the syndrome of melancholia Somet. Physical and emotional elements of depression and manic depression His presentation is illuminating and the case histories demonstrate his sensitivity and ski.
Peter C. Whybrow