Manufacturing Depression

Manufacturing Depression : The Secret History of a Modern Disease

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- 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. .

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  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 157.48 x 236.22 x 38.1mm | 635.03g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1416569790
  • 9781416569794
  • 765,530

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""Manufacturing Depression" is full of fascinating stories...Greenberg's greatest contribution, though, is insisting on few certainties, and in offering himself to us." --Liz Else", New Scientist"

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