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James Phelps, MD

James Phelps, MD

James Phelps, MD is Director of the Mood Disorders Program at Samaritan Mental Health in Corvallis, Ore. He is the Bipolar Disorder Section Editor for Psychiatric Times. His Web site, PsychEducation.org, gathers no information on visitors and produces no income for him or others. He is the author of A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders: Not Fully Bipolar But Not Unipolar—Practical Management (W.W. Norton & Co; 2016), from which he receives royalties. Dr Phelps stopped accepting honoraria from pharmaceutical companies in 2008.

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