Each volume in this timely series provides essential information on a disease or disorder (including symptoms, causes, treatments and cures); presents the controversies surrounding causes, alternative treatments, and other issues; and offers first-person narratives from people coping with the disease -- either as patients, family members or caregivers. Essays are carefully edited and introduced to make them easily accessible to student researchers as well as general readers.
By focusing on the controversies surrounding diseases and disorders, this series supports debate assignments and helps develop critical thinking skills, and also helps patients and family members learn about and deal with a disease or disorder. Each volume includes numerous color photos, charts, graphs and tables as well as a glossary of key terms, a chronology of developments relating to the disease or disorder, a bibliography to assist with further research, a list of organizations to contact and an index.
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"In spite of a growing body of research, depression remains challenging to diagnose and treat. This volume in Greenhaven's Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series provides a suitable overview for middle school and high school readers. The section on understanding depression details major types, causes, symptoms and treatment. Gender and ethnic components also are explored; twice the percentage of women as men experience a major depression episode in their lifetime, while African-American, Hispanic and Caucasian groups all report different rates of depression. The middle section of this volume examines controversies around the issue, including its status as a disease, the use or overuse of antidepressants and the efficacy of electroconvulsive therapy as a treatment. As with other volumes in this series, the final section includes personal stories related to the disease. Included here is the heart-wrenching story of a father who lost two of his adult children to suicide, one undiagnosed, the other diagnosed and in treatment and therapy for more than a decade. The final story, told by a New Orleans journalist thrown into depression during Hurricane Katrina, emphasizes the role that antidepressants can play in treating depression and ultimately in saving lives. As with other volumes in this series, simple graphics, color photos, 'fast facts' offset in bright yellow boxes and simple language target teen readers. A glossary, an historical timeline, an annotated list of organizations to contact, a print and video bibliography and a general index conclude the volume. Recommended for middle school and high school libraries."
--Doug's Student Reference Room, July 2009
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