Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease (Hardback)
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Short Description for Manufacturing Depression Psychotherapist Greenberg offers a fascinating look at the history of depression--a disease that he sees as the uniquely American pursuit of anti-depression rather than happiness.
- Published: 02 February 2010
- Format: Hardback 432 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781416569794 ISBN 10: 1416569790
- Sales rank: 688,175
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Full description for Manufacturing Depression
- Author with professional and personal experience: Psychotherapist Gary Greenberg's musings on the intersection of science, politics, and ethics have graced the pages of The New Yorker, Wired, and Mother Jones. A longtime sufferer of depression, in 2007 he enrolled himself in a clinical trial for major depression (after his initial application for a minor depression trial was rejected). He wrote about his experience in a Harper's magazine piece, which received a tremendous response from readers..- "Am I happy enough?" This has been a pivotal question since America's inception. Am I not happy enough because I am depressed? is a more recent version. Greenberg shows how depression has been manufactured--not as an illness, but as an idea about our suffering, its source, and its relief. He challenges us to look at depression in a new way..- A nation of depressives: In the twenty years since their introduction, antidepressants have become staples of our medicine chests--upwards of 30 million Americans are taking them at an annual cost of more than $10 billion. Even more important, Greenberg argues, it has become common, if not mandatory, to think of our unhappiness as a disease that can, and should, be treated by medication. Manufacturing Depression tells the story of how we got to this peculiar point in our history. .