Depression: A Very Short Introduction

Mary Jane Tacchi

Define depression. Bipolar disorder: what is it? How are they identified and dealt with? Can and should a young child be given an antidepressant diagnosis and treatment for depression?

This Very Short Introduction covers depression, manic depression, and bipolar disorder. It begins with a brief history of these ideas before concentrating on the current descriptions and understanding of these conditions. Jan Scott and Mary Jane Tacchi discuss the creation and introduction of antidepressants and mood stabilizers as they examine the advent of contemporary remedies for those who suffer from depression. They look at the different disorders’ symptoms, warning indicators, and the link between medical illnesses and depression.

They examine the significance of bipolar illness and depression in society and the connection between creativity and mood disorders. Scott and Tacchi wrap off by talking about depression treatments and the future.