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  • Page extent: 344 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.68 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 616.85/270651
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: RC537 .S895 2007
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Psychotic depression
    • Affective Disorders, Psychotic--therapy
    • Affective Disorders, Psychotic--diagnosis
    • Depressive Disorder--diagnosis
    • Depressive Disorder--therapy

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521878227)

Psychotic Depression Cambridge University Press
9780521878227 - PSYCHOTIC DEPRESSION - by Conrad M. Swartz and Edward Shorter


Psychotic depression is a distinct and acute clinical condition along the spectrum of depressive disorders. It can manifest itself in many ways and be mistaken for schizophrenia. It often induces physical deterioration, mortally dangerous acts toward self or others, or completed suicide. This book aims to help clinical practitioners and trainees describe their observations of psychotic depression, formulate treatment, and express expectations of recovery from illness. It focuses on all facets of the disorder, from clinical history to coverage of the current state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment protocols. Medical readers of this book will come away able to diagnose and readily treat psychotic depression and thus will be able to serve their patients better. Non-physician readers will come away with the message that this is a terrible illness, but there is hope. This book fills an important gap in the realm of psychiatric literature.

Dr. Conrad M. Swartz is a board-certified psychiatry professor who has written and lectured extensively on depression, anxiety, and the use of electroconvulsive therapy for severe depression.

Edward Shorter is a historian of psychiatry who has written three books on the history of psychiatry and psychosomatic illness.

Also by Edward Shorter
A History of Psychiatry (1997)
Historical Dictionary of Psychiatry (2005)

Psychotic Depression

Conrad M. Swartz

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Edward Shorter

University of Toronto

Cambridge, New York, Melbourne, Madrid, Cape Town, Singapore, São Paulo

Cambridge University Press
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Information on this title:

© Conrad M. Swartz and Edward Shorter 2007

This publication is in copyright. Subject to statutory exception and to the provisions
of relevant collective licensing agreements, no reproduction of any part may take place
without the written permission of Cambridge University Press.

First published 2007

Printed in the United States of America

A catalog record for this book is available from the British Library

Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

Swartz, Conard.
Psychotic depression / Conrad M. Swartz, Edward Shorter.
p. cm.
The practitioner’s guide to patient-centered psychiatric treatment; v. 1
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 978-0-521-87822-7 (hardback : alk. paper)
1. Psychotic depression. I. Shorter, Edward. II. Title. III. Series.
DNLM: 1. Affective Disorders, Psychotic – therapy. 2. Affective Disorders,
Psychotic – diagnosis. 3. Depressive Disorder – diagnosis. 4. Depressive
Disorder – therapy. WM 207 S973p 2007
RC537.S895 2007

ISBN 978-0-521-87822-7 hardback

Every effort has been made in preparing this book to provide accurate and up-to-date information that is in accord with accepted standards and practice at the time of publication. Nevertheless, the authors, editors, and publisher can make no warranties that the information contained herein is totally free from error, not least because clinical standards are constantly changing through research and regulation. The authors, editors, and publisher therefore disclaim all liability for direct or consequential damages resulting from the use of material contained in this book. Readers are strongly advised to pay careful attention to information provided by the manufacturer of any drugs or equipment that they plan to use.

Cambridge University Press has no responsibility for the persistence or accuracy of URLs for external or third-party Internet Web sites referred to in this book, and does not guarantee that any content on such Web sites is, or will remain, accurate or appropriate.

To Cynthia and Anne Marie


Prefacepage xi
chapter 1Introduction1
Chapter 2History of Psychotic Depression21
Chapter 3Diagnosis in Psychotic Depression59
Chapter 4Patients’ Experience of Illness128
Chapter 5Treatment in Historical Perspective144
Chapter 6Treatment: Pitfalls and Pathways167
Chapter 7Treatment: ECT, Medications, and More192
Chapter 8Treatment by Type of Psychotic Depression235
Appendix 1Summary Guide to Psychiatric Concepts263
Appendix 2Summary Guide to Psychotropic Medication and Treatment269

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