Borderline Personality Disorder,  Other Disorders

A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders

The author deftly explores the overlapping symptoms of mixed bipolar symptoms, anxiety disorders, borderline personality disorders, ADHD, and major depression.

A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders

September 06, 2016 | Film And Book Reviews, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Mood Disorders
By Tammas Kelly, MD

A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders: Not Fully Bipolar but Not Unipolar—Practical Management

by James Phelps, MD; New York: WW Norton and Company, 2016
255 pages • $32.00 (hardcover)

In A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders, Dr Jim Phelps bravely enters territory that academia has largely neglected—the nebulous region between full bipolar disorder and major depression. This is where so many of our patients live. The book is a must-read for any health professional involved in the treatment of affective illnesses, including psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, psychologists, and therapists.

His previous book, Why Am I Still Depressed?,1 is still a great source of information about bipolar II for professionals who wish to learn more and for patients who are suffering from bipolar II and soft bipolar. In A Spectrum Approach, he once again leads us to a greater understanding of the complexity of the bipolar disorders.

The author’s website,, averages around 40,000 unique visitors each month. It is safe to assume that at one time or another, the majority of our patients with bipolar disorder have read Dr Phelps’ work. He is perhaps one of the most widely read experts on bipolar disorder of our time.


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