On Mood Swings: The Psychobiology of Elation and Depression

By Susanne P. Schad-Somers | Go to book overview

Foreword

Fiat Lux. —Genesis 1:1

In earlier times, when life, or rather the perception of life, was simpler, the nature of light was felt to be a God-given "obvious" entity. However, as knowledge evolved, the complicated nature of this phenomenon became more apparent, to such an extent that earlier in this century its complexity appeared to be unfathomable.

Two perfectly valid groups of experiments, giving strikingly opposite results, were then showing light to be "either" a corpuscle "or" a wave, thus creating much confusion. Quantum theory solved this apparent contradiction by devising sets of equations representing light to have the capacity to act both as a wave "and" as a corpuscle. This formulation was a close enough representation of an intrinsic reality to be fully operational and to allow for further major advances in physics.

I believe that studies of the nature of psychopathology and its related therapeutics can benefit from the analysis of such a conceptual evolution. In this book, Dr. Schad-Somers is, in fact, following a similar approach by showing the critical importance of psychosocial and biological factors in mental health. Each human being can be seen as a unique blend of these ever-evolving, ever-interacting components which cannot be artificially separated without risks. This notion is equally crucial to people like Dr. Schad-Somers, who is a psychotherapist, and to those who,

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On Mood Swings: The Psychobiology of Elation and Depression
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Foreword vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Contents xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter One - Jack the Wrong Kind of Help 17
  • Chapter Two - Portraits 23
  • Chapter Three - History 65
  • Chapter Four - Psyche 85
  • Chapter Five - The Biology of Cell Communication 99
  • Chapter Six - Psychobiology 125
  • Chapter Seven - The Acquisition of Mood Regulation in the Human Infant 148
  • Chapter Eight - How Psychotherapy Heals 178
  • Chapter Nine - Special Problems 209
  • Chapter Ten - Case Material 231
  • Postscript Behavioral Medicine 253
  • References 259
  • Index 275
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