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A Mood Apart The Thinker's Guide to Emotion and Its Disorders

A compassionate exploration of depression and manic depression ForecastThe most thorough and wide ranging discussion for lay readers about the interplay of the. 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 medicine 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 be dis ordered calls into uestion the very experience that most of us take for granted the presence of a 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 joy 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 said 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 Sometimes it is sleep that is first impaired or they find themselves increasingly tense and fatigued with vague aches and pains similar to the early stages of flu chokengistitikchokeng 182 We find this same rigidity referring to the abnormally inflexible rhythms that precede epiletic seizures and heart attacks in bipolar illness In mania and in melancholia a healthy responsiveness to ongoing events becomes replaced by a terrifying determinism At the height of Melanie s mania her sleep thought and action proceeded as dictated by her demons and the underlying molecular disturbance that had given them life Moods stand apart from the reuirements of the day and the accustomed balance of life s rhythm disappears chokengistitikchokeng 219 The choice of an appropriate antidepressant reuires of the phycisian a familiarity with psychopharmacology a certain empiricism and an alliance ideally of mutal trust with the patient The pharmacology of mood and expecially the treatment of depression has become a complicated subject There are now many antidepressant drugs from which the physician may choose However what is still frustrating and painful to those who are melancholic and to their family members is that none of the medications new or old improves depressed mood immediately And the first medication chosen is not always the one that reverses the depressed mood Thus in the alleviation of depression by antidepressant drugs confidence is reuired between doctor and patient While success is ultimately achieved in over three uarters of those treated it is not something instantly attained p 224 because of the idiosyncrasy of brain chemistry and our ignorance of the specific regulatory defect that drives bipolar illness for each individual the pharmacological treatment of depressed mood remains a miniseries of empirical scientific experiments through which the doctor and patient working together discover the best fit between pill and person chokengistitikchokeng 227 8 Margaret s angry reaction saying that she never wanted to see her brother again after a very disruptive and frightening visit while he was manic born out of frustration and love is a common experience for the family members of those who suffer manic depression and melancholia Even when the difficult behaviors and accusations are recognized as illness the pain and emotional chaos that they breed is real destroying intimacy and caring The subtle distortions of communication and the irritable blame which so often occur in smoldering chronic depression are freuently difficult for families to bear than acute bizarre episodes such as the one Margaret describes The tragedy of these disrupted attachemtns is reflected in the statistics about those who suffer these illnesses with evidence of freuent divorce poor job performance social isolation and even criminal acts being commonplaceWhat is often most difficult from the standpoint of family members is the fright apprehension and sheer frustration of not knowing how to help Tolerance cannot always be sustained and inevitably tempers flare and battles rage p 239 240Stephan a patient recalls During those early months I couldn t see anything objectively I was jaded and pessimistic one day and unreasonable and demanding the next My relationships with my friends and family were in tatters chokengistitikchokeng 244 Several time limited therapies including interpersonal psychotherapy and supportive expressive psychotherapy in contrast to classic psychoanalysis have been developed Each focuses upon problems of self distortion and how these distoritions through conflicted relationships can initiate a vicious circle of depression and disturbed behavior chokengistitikchokeng 246 Cognitive therapy is actively structured time limited and goal directed than synamic therapy with the therapist seeking an active intellectual collaboration with the patient The basic proposition is that specific ideas the now familiar schema have been adopted as we learn about ourselves and the way the world is organized Some of these ideas are inaccurate distorted by the circumstances under which they were acuired Nevertheless they become automatic representations of what we believe the world to be These automatic thoughts are in many cases the prelude to depressed mood fostering negative thinking about ourselves others and the world in generalchokengistitikchokeng 247

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Physical and emotional elements of depression and manic depression His presentation is illuminating and the case histories demonstrate his sensitivity and ski. Having lived with someone with bipolar who was a poster child for keeping the disorder in check and having met Peter Whybrow this is a great book to read It provides invaluable insight into the disease as well as other mental illnesses and how to navigate them The most important thing to take away is that mental disorders reuire a three pronged approach 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 Your Naughty Playmate 3 - Cuckolding Fantasy presentation is illuminating and the case histories demonstrate his sensitivity and ski. Having lived with someone with bipolar who was a Haute Chinese Cuisine from the Kitchen of Wakiya poster child for keeping the disorder in check and having met Peter Whybrow this is a great book to read It Twisted provides invaluable insight into the disease as well as other mental illnesses and how to navigate them The most important thing to take away is that mental disorders reuire a three The Exploration of the Male Anatomy pronged approach 1 self awareness and acknowledgement that you have the disease 2 therapy 3 consistent medication If All Night Long (Nannies, plagued with the highs and lows that go hand in hand with most mental illness Definitely a good read

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Ll as a clinician Whybrow's presentation offers a deeper understanding of along with a humane and wise approach to these very troubling illnesses Kirkus Review. 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


10 thoughts on “A Mood Apart The Thinker's Guide to Emotion and Its Disorders

  1. says:

    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 medicine while downplaying the perfectly go

  2. says:

    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 mod

  3. says:

    Reading for added knowledge for the diagnoses etc that I come across at work it is incredibly well written and articulate A

  4. says:

    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 manage

  5. says:

    didn't finish

  6. says:

    Having lived with someone with bipolar who was a poster child for keeping the disorder in check and having met Peter Whybrow this is a great bo

  7. says:

    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

  8. says:

    This is the single best book I have ever read about affective disorders eg depression The author is compassionate and a humanitarian in addition to being a medical man who can and does describe the brain science of depression and how anti depressive medicines workMoreover he writes about the phenomenon of depression in a way that is nuanced wide ranging and dignifying encouraging readers to view depression as having real source

  9. says:

    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 disor

  10. says:

    This is a very good discussion of depression and mania and the ways they intersect It's slightly dated now in terms of some of the theories regarding the causes of depression and bipolar disorder but it's still a good treatment of the subject and gave me a lot to think about

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