2nd Edition

By Constance Hammen, Ed Watkins

© 2008 – Psychology Press

272 pages

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Paperback: 9780415419734
pub: 2007-12-06
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pub: 2007-12-13
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About the Book

This book is intended for students and professionals who are seeking an up-to-date summary of research-based information on depression. Chapters cover clinical and diagnostic information, as well as features of the course of depression and the demographic features of the disorder. For example, topics include the considerable impairment associated with depression (it isn't 'all in your mind') and discussion of why depression is particularly common in women and the young.

A series of chapters discusses the presumed causes of depression, including genetic and biological factors, as well as cognitive, family, stress and interpersonal contributors to depression. Finally, two chapters discuss current developments in the treatment of depressive disorders, including pharmacological and other medical interventions, as well as effective psychotherapies.

The book presents research at a level that is understandable by those who are not experts in the field. Also, an attempt is made to present balanced perspectives, acknowledging the contributions of various models of cause and treatment. Clinical examples and practical implications are highlighted to make the book readable and relevant.


"At a time when our knowledge of the causes and treatment of depression are expanding rapidly, Hammen and Watkins are to be congratulated on the breadth, depth and up-to-date information in this text. Covering all the key themes relating to the biological, psychological and social process of depression this excellent updated second edition of a classic text will be a major resource to students, clinicians and researchers" - Professor Paul Gilbert, Mental Health Research Unit, Kingsway Hospital, Derby, UK

Table of Contents

Defining and Diagnosing Depression. Course and Consequences of Depression. Who is Affected by Depression? Biological Aspects of Depression. Cognitive and Life Stress Approaches to Depression. Biological Treatments of Depression. Psychological Treatment.

About the Authors

Constance Hammen is Professor of Psychology at The University of California Los Angeles

Edward Watkins is a chartered clinical psychologist at the Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter.

About the Series

Clinical Psychology: A Modular Course

"I truly like the books in this series because they are a quick reference and a great teaching tool." Nicholas Greco IV, MS (Abbott Laboratories), USA

Clinical Psychology: A Modular Course was designed to overcome problems faced by the traditional textbook in conveying what psychological disorders are really like.

All the books in the series, written by leading scholars and practitioners in the field, can be read as stand-alone texts, but they will also integrate with other modules to form a comprehensive resource in clinical psychology.

Students of psychology, medicine, nursing, and social work, as well as busy practitioners in many professions, often need an accessible but thorough introduction to how people experience anxiety, depression, addiction, or other disorders, how common they are, and who is most likely to suffer from them, as well as up-to-date research evidence on the causes and available treatments.

The series will appeal to those who want to go deeper into the subject than the traditional textbook will allow, and base their examination answers, research projects, assignments, or practical decisions on a clearer and more rounded appreciation of the clinical and research evidence.

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