A Mood Apart: Depression, Mania and Other Afflictions of the Self.
“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.” --
William Styron, author of Darkness Visible
"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
"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" -- British Journal of Psychiatry
“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
This groundbreaking work on the science of mood, when first published in 1997, redefined public understanding of depression and manic illness by exploring the critical role that emotion plays in daily communication and in social interaction -- and in so doing helped elucidate the complexity of the human experience that lies behind the diagnosis. In the new edition of A Mood Apart Dr. Whybrow, one of the world's most distinguished psychiatrists, updates his definitive text and in a new introduction highlights emerging areas of research and treatment advance. Now over two decades since its original publication, A Mood Apart remains an essential book for those who have faced the challenges of mood disorder in themselves or in their loved ones.