Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease

Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease

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By (author) Gary Greenberg

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Hardback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 38mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 2 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 1416569790
  • ISBN 13: 9781416569794
  • Sales rank: 653,407

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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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"Greenberg elegantly dissects the medical-research-pharmaceutical complex....A splendid, witty analysis of how we came to give up the stories of our lives in favor of analyzing the alphabet of which the stories are made. An essential read for all invested in medicine and social science." --"Library Journal", starred review