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Concise Guide to Mood Disorders

Steven L. Dubovsky, M.D., and Amelia N. Dubovsky, M. D.

  • ISBN 978-1-58562-056-2
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This pocket-sized, practical reference summarizes everything you need to know to diagnose and treat unipolar and bipolar mood disorders. Designed for daily use in the clinical setting, the Concise Guide to Mood Disorders is a fingertip library of the latest information; easy to understand and quick to access.

Praised by practitioners, the Concise Guides Series from American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. was developed to disburse a great deal of practical information in a convenient format. Features of the Concise Guide to Mood Disorders include:

  • One-stop, comprehensive guidance. Never again will you have to search several resources to find answers to your questions about mood disorders. The Concise Guide to Mood Disorders presents all the essential information you need on epidemiology, etiology, physical treatments, psychosocial treatments, outcomes, and comorbidity in a single source.
  • Easy and quick reference. This handy resource is organized to give you fast, easy access to information—a necessity in daily practice. The detailed table of contents and key word index enable you to pinpoint the facts you need in seconds. Charts, tables, and other graphic representations help you comprehend information quickly.
  • The latest research findings presented for practical use. Here are the most current research results, distilled and presented in easy-to-understand language for practical application with patients. Some information appears in the Concise Guide to Mood Disorders for the first time anywhere.

The Concise Guide to Mood Disorders is the best reference tool you'll find for making informed decisions that lead to better clinical outcomes. Psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care physicians, and any other clinical professionals who diagnose and treat patients with mental health disorders should have this authoritative reference on hand.


  • Introduction to the Concise Guides
  • Series
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Diagnosing mood disorders
  • Chapter 2. Etiology of mood disorders
  • Chapter 3. Course of mood disorders
  • Chapter 4. Somantic therapies for mood disorders
  • Chapter 5. Psychotherapies for mood disorders
  • Chapter 6. Integrated treatment of unipolar depression
  • Chapter 7. Integrated treatment of bipolar disorder
  • Afterword
  • Index

About the Authors

Steven L. Dubovsky, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry, Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado.

Amelia N. Dubovsky, B.A., is in Graduate Studies at Columbia University in New York, New York.

Dubovsky and Dubovsky provide a very readable overview of mood disorders that should be of great value to anyone with an interest in psychiatry. They cover their topic in sufficient depth to touch on many subtleties in the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders, yet their focused and concise style of writing should be especially appealing to the busy student, resident, and practitioner.—Larry R. Faulkner, M.D., Vice President for Medical Affairs; Dean, School of Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina

This is a superb comprehensive explication of the major issues related to mood disorders. It should be invaluable for people studying mood disorders and treating mood disorders, and for those trying to understand mood disorders from any perspective. Dr. Dubovsky is a skilled and talented clinician and has brought together valuable information that adds up to a guide that will be useful to a wide universe of interest.—Herbert Pardes, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, New York

This is a small gem—I recommend it highly to the busy practitioner.—Hagop S. Akiskal, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Director of International Mood Center, University of California at San Diego and VA Hospital, San Diego, California

The title Concise Guide to Mood Disorders is apt in one sense and misleading in another. The title may mislead one to think this is a quick overview—it is not, it is a comprehensive monograph that covers the subject in more detail than any textbook. And it is apt in the sense that it provides the essential clinical information on the subject without being an exhausting literature review of everything that has been ever written on depression. For example, the material on the epidemiology and course of depression and its subtypes covers the data from the most important studies and the diagnostic and treatment sections are well documented, comprehensive, and useful. Not only will this monograph be useful for practitioners and students, but it will be an excellent patient education manual.—G. J. Tucker, Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

As an update on mood disorders, this book is a solid contribution to the field. It surpasses many of its competitors with aptly cited and synthesized references throughout. I would recommend it especially to those in primary care who treat the majority of patients with mood disorders. The book offers a lot of practical and relevant information in a quick read.—Philip Khoury, M.D., Doody's Health Sciences Reviews

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