Although written for a popular audience, A Mood Apart contains a great deal for all mental health professionals, particularly psychiatrists, to contemplate. Functioning under shifting paradigms, we often find ourselves split into mind and brain camps or giving lip service to biopsychosocial integration. Indeed, I cannot be alone in feeling that in attending to a transference subtlety and prescribing an antidepressant in the same hour, I’ve changed hats, or, regarding a patient’s persistent, vehement complaints, in suddenly wondering if a trial of a mood stabilizer is warranted. How disheartening it is to have a patient repeat the now familiar refrain, "I have a chemical imbalance," when, in fact, he or she seems to be experiencing an unwelcome emotion. It is equally disheartening to have a patient refuse to consider medication, saying, "This is how I am." Yes, there is integration, but it’s hardly seamless.