Book review: Still Down

MacKinnon, a School of Medicine associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, delivers a compact overview of how depression can present in patients and the treatments available. Still Down (JHU Press) offers nine patient stories, composites shaped by MacKinnon's clinical experiences, that range from depression competently handled by pharmaceutical regimen to more severe cases that require trial and error to find the right combinations of therapeutic care. The book is a welcome reminder that depression comes in many forms and takes patience, on the part of both the clinician and the patient, to diagnose appropriately and develop an effective treatment plan. It may take time, but help is possible.

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