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date: 18 September 2019

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This volume provides what we believe to be the most comprehensive treatment of the range of mood disorders to date. In this introductory chapter, we present the organization and overarching themes of the volume. The volume’s coverage of mood disorders includes historical, cross-cultural, developmental, neuroscientific, etiological, and therapeutic issues. Following this introduction (Section I), Section II provides coverage of the phenomenology, classification, and assessment of mood disorders. A key theme of the section, the heterogeneity of mood disorders, is then carried through the volume. Section III addresses key etiologic, vulnerability and risk factors. Section IV covers key interpersonal and intra-personal factors, with several chapters focusing on neurobiological features. Section V examines variants of mood disorders as well as key sub-populations. Section VI addresses common comorbidities. Finally, Section VII surveys the wide array of commonly used and evidence-based treatment and prevention approaches.

Keywords: mood disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, etiology, treatment

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