A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania and Other Afflictions of the Self.
NEW EDITION 2015
Called by William Styron “A brilliant work that speaks in eloquent and human terms… informative and compassionate and, not the least, thoroughly engrossing. It is a major contribution to the literature of mental illness.”
"An excellent book. It reflects not only the depth and breadth of the author's scientific and clinical contributions to the study of moods, but captures, in a wonderful way, the crucial role of moods in human nature and society....Anyone interested in moods, or disorders of moods will find this an informative, important and engrossing book." -- Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind"
"The most thorough and wide-ranging discussion for lay readers about the interplay of the physical and emotional elements of depression and manic-depression... His presentation is illuminating, and the case histories demonstrate his sensitivity and skill as a clinician.... Whybrow's presentation offers a deeper understanding of, along with a humane and wise approach to these very troubling illnesses." -- Kirkus Reviews
A compassionate exploration of depression and manic-depression." -- Forecast
“Seldom has the inner emotional landscape of melancholic depression, mania and manic-depressive illness been mapped with so much clarity, empathy and sensitivity." --Publisher's Weekly
When first published in 1997 this groundbreaking work on the science of mood both redefined the field and -- with compassion, understanding, and scientific rigor -- made it accessible to those who would most benefit from the latest findings. Now Peter Whybrow, one of the world's most distinguished psychiatrists has updated his definitive account of mood disorders. In A Mood Apart he argues that disorders such as depression constitute afflictions of the self, exploring the human experience of manic depressive illness and discovering the human being behind the diagnosis. Nearly two decades since its original publication, A Mood Apart remains an essential book for anyone who has been affected by depression.