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Could be more reader friendly, even for professionals
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2009
Before writing this review, I showed this book to a friend in the mental health field. We both felt that this book could have been more reader friendly and since he is actually in practice, I felt more comfortable writing this review (his opinions mirrored mine).
So here is a combined take, lay and professional:
1. The Neurobiology of Depression is described well (Chapter 1) and so is the information about SSRS (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) and other basic info about medicines used to treat depression.
2. A potential downfall is the lack of brand names for the specific drugs. It seems like it would be easy enough to have them listed.
3. The book is supposed to be "fun" but we both found it (at times) frustrating to find specific info, including info used for the CME credit at the back of the book.
If you are interested in a detailed look at the neurobiology of depression, as well as the pros and cons of various medications to treat depression, this book provides a decent overview. Also, the role of estrogen and depression in women is described well. Side effects are covered only briefly so readers will have to do more research when encountering sentences such as this: "may increase concentrations of other drugs".