Provides an invaluable synthesis of the extensive factual and theoretical material concerning depressive disorders, easily the most widespread of mental problems. With contributions by 27 highly regarded experts, it is divided into three parts, dealing in turn with theoretical viewpoints, symptomology, diagnostic and treatment methods. Bearing witness to a diversity of approaches, the text is not limited to one theory or school of research, but offers an up-to-date and encyclopedic view of the entire body of empirical data, concepts and treatment methods. Its broad scope and sophisticated coverage, it makes this an indispensable tool for practitioners, theoreticians and professors.
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