About 16 million Americans experience a major depression each year, and at any given time about one in ten adults is taking antidepressants. There are many different ones available, in what can seem like a bewildering variety. In Understanding Antidepressants, Dr. Mendelson makes sense of the many treatments for depression and shows that understanding how antidepressants work can help in making better decisions.
Written with both scientific rigor and compassion, the book is a useful guide for anyone suffering from depression, as well as their families. It is written broadly enough to be a helpful introduction for students and trainees, and mental health workers with non-technical backgrounds who wish to learn more about these commonly used medications.
Dr. Mendelson is currently in the clinical practice of psychiatry. He was formerly Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Pharmacology, and director of the Sleep Research Laboratory, at the University of Chicago. Dr. Mendelson earned an MD degree from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and completed a residency in psychiatry there as well. He has held professorships at Ohio State University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, was Chief of the Section on Sleep Studies at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD, and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Cleveland Clinic.