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The encyclopedia of depression
Roesch, Roberta.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Facts on File, [2001]

Physical Description:
ix, 278 pages ; 24 cm.
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RC537 .R63 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This volume seeks to provide all the information required to fully understand depression. It has more than 570 A to Z entries, covering: the history of the disease, research, treatment options, and the role of various mental health professionals in addressing depression.

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

This title, a revision of the 1991 edition, asks the question, "What's new in depression?" One of the most obvious changes is that some famous personalities who suffer from depression have been replaced. Mozart remains, but Abbie Hoffman is out and Tipper Gore is in. Other new subjects include alternative therapies, new treatments, an online self-test for depression, and the potential benefits of the Human Genome Project. Other than that, not much seems to be new. Some articles have been revised and statistics updated, but most entries are the same as in the earlier edition. This includes references and the bibliography, where most titles date from the mid-1980s. Some of these will be difficult to locate. The format follows that of other Facts On File Library of Health and Living titles. Entries range from a short paragraph to essay length. The scope of the book is broad, covering all aspects of depression. Psychological and medical terms coexist with popular terms such as Baby blues and Blahs. Tests, medications, measurement tools, research, and biological and psychological elements related to depression are covered. There are cross-references to related articles. Terms that are mentioned in an entry and are also entry headings are in capital letters. Neither of these finding tools is used consistently. There is no cross-reference, for example, from the mention of barbiturates in the entry Depressants to the entry Barbiturates. The entry Types of depression states that there are "various forms and types" but does not list them and does not provide cross-references to entries for Bipolar affective disorder, Dysthymia, etc. Six appendixes complete the encyclopedia. Among these are a list of psychiatric drugs, a resource list, and several World Health Organization studies, one of which dates from 1984. Although it was a landmark study, the time lapse weakens its usefulness. The volume concludes with an index. Serious students and researchers will need more authoritative resources such as Encyclopedia of Psychology [RBB Ag 00] or Raymond J. Corsini's Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science (Wiley, 2000). For the layperson who needs only a definition, this title will suffice.

Library Journal Review

This newest addition to the publisher's continuing series of single-volume social/medical disorder references is coauthored by journalist Roesch and psychiatrist Jackson ( Melancholia and Depression , LJ 4/1/87). It contains over 500 entries on everything from causes and cures to the names of celebrities afflicted with the disease. Technical entries like ``alprazolam (Xanax)'' and ``depressive spectrum disorder'' appear amidst more mainstream entries such as ``baby boomers'' and ``blahs.'' The information is clear and current and the entries are varied in length, but there are a few disappointments: no specific entries for the history of depression, its relation to impotence and infertility (although ``cancer,'' ``hypertension,'' and ``AIDS'' appear); and the international self-help organization Recovery receives mention only in the appendix. However, an excellent bibliography compensates for these omissions and the ubiquitous literary/artistic/celebrity personality references. Recommended for most public libraries. Index not seen.--Janice Arenofsky, formerly with Arizona State Lib., Phoenix (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

YA-- An excellent resource for high school libraries, alphabetically arranged. In addition to the well-written and clearly cited source entries, the book gives a complete overview of the problem of depression. It also includes information on centers for study and resources for those interested in further research or services. A variety of charts and graphs are provided.' --Nancy Craig, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This is one encyclopedia libraries can skip: almost all its information can be found in greater depth elsewhere. Many entries have nothing to do with depression (the one on biofeedback does not mention its effect or lack of effect on depression), and the few references at the ends of articles lack page numbers or cite sources difficult to obtain (Parade magazine; Hackensack, N.J., Record; New York Daily News). The index is sometimes confusing--e.g., exercise is found under "Aerobic regimen." Beginning students who want an overview of the subject of depression will find more complete information in the four-volume Encyclopedia of Psychology (CH, Dec'84); advanced students can go to any textbook on psychiatry or psychopathology. If they look up drug therapy in this book, they will find no mention of studies that have compared the effectiveness of drugs and psychotherapy. The book does offer one unique feature: entries on all sorts of people who have experienced depression, from Hamlet to Thomas Eagleton. However, these do not make up for this encyclopedia's deficiencies. -N. Kupferberg, Brooklyn College, CUNY



Praise for the previous edition: An excellent resource.--School Library Journal Mental professionals estimate that approximately twelve percent of Americans suffer from depression at some point in their lives. Expanded and revised, The Encyclopedia of Depression is a complete one-volume reference covering everything students, teachers, family members, and professionals need to know to fully understand the disease and how it can be treated. More than 570 A-to-Z entries include updated information on the history of the disease, current research, treatment options, and the role of various mental health professional and government programs in addressing depression. Revised appendixes offer updated listings of mental health centers, support groups, periodicals, government agencies, and other helpful resources. The second edition features new and expanded entries on such topics as new research and studies on brain abnormalities; findings about depression's links to suicide, grief, heart attacks, small strokes, post-traumatic stress disorder, smoking, alcohol, and weight loss and gain; undertreatment of depression; the growing acceptance of alternative medicine; and the Genome Research Project and its potential impact on depression studies. Excerpted from The Encyclopedia of Depression by Roberta Roesch All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.