Nassir Ghaemi

Mood Disorders:
A Practical Guide

The Second Edition is just finished! You can order it now. It is thoroughly updated with the most recent studies (STEP, STARD, CATIE) and includes new concepts (like Hippocratic psychopharmacology, the diagnostic heirarchy, a new chapter on children and the ADHD controversy, and a new chapter on tips for families).


"New knowledge about, and understanding of, mood disorders has been expanding at an accelerating pace in recent years... Yet at the same time, as clinicians face more and more pressures on their time it seems that the gap between what is known and what gets applied in practice is growing. I predict that this book will make a substantial contribution towards closing this gap. I make this prediction because this work is not only comprehensive, but also thematically coherent and it is this characteristic that is especially important to the non-specialist reader. Too often, guidebooks in this area are either oversimplified, lightweight treatments of a complex subject or a hodgepodge of facts and studies lacking a unifying perspective--the seasoned judgment of an expert about how things fit together. Dr. Ghaemi not only provides that perspective but he makes it easily accessible to the reader through the creative use of 'tips', 'key points', and especially 'essential concepts...' It occurs to me that the reason Dr. Ghaemi makes his points so effectively is his deep respect for, and knowledge of, the history of psychiatry--an area where he has made important contributions in other publications. This is a practical book and yet, its clinical insights and recommendations are embedded in a neurobiological framework. Dr. Ghaemi makes these links seem so natural that for the reader, a new appreciation of mechanisms of action seems to come almost effortlessly."
--Frederick K. Goodwin, Professor of Psychiatry, The George Washington University, Washington DC; Former Director, National Institute of Mental Health; Former Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration; Co-author (with Kay R. Jamison), Manic-Depressive Illness (Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, 2007).

Selected Works

Psychiatry, psychology
Depression is complex, and we need guides to help us understand it, guides who comprehend it existentially as part of normal human experience and clinically as sometimes needing the right kind of treatment, including medications.
History/Psychiatry/Psychology
An investigation into the surprisingly deep correlation between mental illness and successful leadership, as seen through some of history’s greatest politicians, generals, and businesspeople
Ideas in psychiatry
Published 2009: A sequel and successor to The Concepts, the first book length critique of the BPS model
Published 2003: A comprehensive survey of psychiatric thinking
Clinical psychiatry
Published 2009: Accessible and clinically relevant, this book describes statistical concepts in plain English with minimal mathematical content. Perfect for the busy health professional, or the educated patient, who wants to know which statistics to believe - and why.
Second edition published 2008. A clinical handbook about the diagnosis and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder

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