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Contemporary Psychology "A terrific book for professionals and the public... A Mood Apart represents a literary achievement as well as a scientific accomplishment. It is not a self- help manual with simple lists and prescriptions, nor a compendium without conclusion of every scientific study. Rather, it is a seamless product resulting from a career of research and clinical practice expressed in lucid, moving style, but not at the expense of integrative complexity." British Journal of Psychiatry "This is a masterly and highly readable discourse... Whybrow has really attempted to enter into the soul of manic depression and has succeeded to a remarkable extent." Literary Review "Dr. Whybrow has succeeded in presenting a balanced, well-written account of mood disorders and their treatment which will inform the general reader and which also contains much of interest to the professional." Kirkus "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." Publishers Weekly "Seldom has the inner emotional landscape of melancholic depression, mania and manic- depressive illness been mapped with so much clarity, empathy and sensitivity." William Styron, author of Darkness Visible "A Mood Apart is informative, compassionate and, not the least, thoroughly engrossing." Maggie Scarf, author of Unfinished Business and Intimate Worlds "Dr. Peter Whybrow explains everything you ever wanted to know about moods and their vicissitudes, and he does so in wonderfully elegant, highly readable prose." Irvin D. Yalom, author of Love's Executioner and Lying on the Couch "Dr. Whybrow has written a wise and graceful book that should be helpful and consoling to patients and their loved ones." Aaron T. Beck, MD, university professor emeritus, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Cognitive Therapy of Depression "A Mood Apart is a beautifully crafted volume that probes into the recesses of the brain and mind to reveal the secrets of depression. Dr. Whybrow distills a lifetime of experience as a master clinician and scientist... I highly recommend this definitive work to the nonprofessional as well as the professional." Judith Rapoport, MD, chief, child psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health, and author of The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing "This compassionate book will console through its effective teaching. Anyone who has dealt with depression will be drawn to it." Frank Burgmann, president, National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association "A Mood Apart is a tour de force, a new standard in writing for the public... A masterpiece... His topic is complex, his explanation scientific and yet deeply rooted in compassion, understanding, perception, and respect for his patients." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Peter C. Whybrow, M.D. is Director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California in Los Angeles. He is also the Judson Braun Distinguished Professor and Executive Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine and CEO of the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. A founding member and Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Whybrow has lectured widely across the United States and Europe, and is the recipient of many awards. A frequent advisor to universities, foundations, and government agencies and the author of numerous scientific papers and six books, Whybrow lives in Los Angeles, California. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Afflictions 2 Mar. 1998
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Format: Hardcover
A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania, & Other Afflictions of the Self is a terrific book for those of us like myself who have suffered with Bipolar Disorder(Manic Depression) for 35 years. The book covers a wide range of topics including meds. Dr. Whybrow & his group at the Univ of Penn. are one of the leading research groups in this field. If it were not for people of the caliber of Dr. Whybrow and Dr. Kay Jamison of Johns Hopkins, I would not be in remission or medication stabile today. Dr. Whybrow's book "A Mood Apart: The Thinker's Guide to Emotion & Its Disorders" is the paperback version of the above book and not a new title. Maury Schiowitz
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A must-read for the layperson and professional alike 3 Aug. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"A Mood Apart" is aptly subtitled " Depression, Mania and Other Affliction of the Self". It is a must-read by anyone touched with unipolar depression or Bipolar Disorder, whether sufferer, family member, physician, or researcher. It is an excellent volume for layperson and professional alike. Dr. Whybrow recognizes that other parts of the person, the soul are deeply affected by this illness. It's not just a chemical problem.

Dr. Whybrow's writing style is clear, concise, descriptive and charming. Using several case histories through the book, Whybrow examines what we have learned against the light of real people and thus, brings the reader forward in understanding, one step at a time. He presented information that I have not found elsewhere about the limbic system and emotion and ties it all into the person, the patient that has to live with it.

Singular views of the use of pills or therapy alone have finally been put to rest with his careful reasoning. He brings them together into a cohesive
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
If you have depression read this book 22 Jan. 2006
By C. Townsend - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book soley based on the few glowing reviews listed here. While I was a bit skeptical given how great people said this book is, I have to concur. I think this is one of the best books on depression and I've read quite a few. The case studies he presents are so well written it's like reading a novel. But he balances that with good technical insights.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A must-read for the layperson and professional alike 3 Aug. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"A Mood Apart" is aptly subtitled " Depression, Mania and Other Affliction of the Self". It is a must-read by anyone touched with unipolar depression or Bipolar Disorder, whether sufferer, family member, physician, or researcher. It is an excellent volume for layperson and professional alike. Dr. Whybrow recognizes that other parts of the person, the soul are deeply affected by this illness. It's not just a chemical problem.

Dr. Whybrow's writing style is clear, concise, descriptive and charming. Using several case histories through the book, Whybrow examines what we have learned against the light of real people and thus, brings the reader forward in understanding, one step at a time. He presented information that I have not found elsewhere about the limbic system and emotion and ties it all into the person, the patient that has to live with it.

Singular views of the use of pills or therapy alone have finally been put to rest with his careful reasoning. He brings them together into a cohesive
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Extremely helpful in understanding my recent diagnosis. 27 Dec. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I was recently diagnosed bipolar I at 37 years old. I'm also in in alcohol recovery through a major Detroit hospital. Reading this text was as if reading about myself. My wife has found its contents helpful as well. Dr. Whybrow must be commended on a masterpiece...he seems to be truly compassionate toward those who suffer this hellish disease. God bless you, doctor for professionals like yourself. "We" need you.
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