Winter 2004 Vol. XIX, No.

In this issue:

The Director's Report: Library Renovation

Highwire: An e-journal platform that keeps getting better

Finding Meeting and Conference Paper Abstracts

Security for your PDA

Pubmed Update

Electronic Journals FAQ

Web Watcher:
Grants or Funding Sources

Depression and Anxiety: The Johns Hopkins White Papers

New Circulating Laptops

New Public Computers
Coming Soon!

e-Medicine: A New Database

Longer Sunday Hours

Create Change: An advocacy brochure for Open Access

Highlights from the Library
Open House, Fall 2003

Update Archives


Editor: Robert M. Joven, MLS Information & Education Services Ext. 8493 E-mail - joven@uchc.edu




Depression and anxiety. The Johns Hopkins White Papers.
Karen L. Swartz and Simeon Margolis.
Medletter Associates, Inc., 2003. 60 p. (ISBN 0-929661-17-6).

How effective are antidepressant medications? How do they compare to placebos? Can specific medications or medical disorders cause an individual’s mood variations? What specific questions help to determine if one has an anxiety disorder?

These questions and a variety of depression and anxiety-related topics are discussed, in layman’s terms, in this comprehensive, brief (only sixty pages in length), and informative paperbound book. Written by two physicians, one a psychiatrist, from Johns Hopkins University Medical School, the text provides an overview of symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, genetic factors, and prognosis of anxiety and depression. Within the text, there are highlighted features on topics such as medications that can affect mood, warning signs of suicide in the elderly, new treatments for depression, and an update on the effectiveness of St. John’s wort. Technical terms, such as “intermittent claudication” and “postural hypotension,” are defined within the text.

Also included are practical guidance on selecting a therapist, lists of leading psychiatric hospitals in the U.S., national mental health organizations and support groups, and a glossary.
This book is one of a series of twelve, timely, comprehensive paperbound consumer health “White Papers” published under the direction of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, publisher of the Johns Hopkins Medical Letter: Health After Fifty newsletter for medical consumers. Each book focuses on a health topic of special interest to adults over fifty. In addition to the publication on depression and anxiety, there are reports on arthritis, back pain and osteoporosis, coronary heart disease, diabetes, digestive disorders, hypertension and stroke, lung disorders, memory, nutrition and weight control, prostate disorders, and vision. The books are updated each year to allow the inclusion of new research on causes and treatments.

*The Lyman Maynard Stowe Library owns all of the volumes in the series. Check the library catalog for location.

Information provided by Judy Kronick, MLS - Healthnet Librarian







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