Manufacturing Depression

Manufacturing Depression

The Secret History of A Modern Disease

Book - 2010
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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. .

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416569794
Branch Call Number: 362 .25 GRE
Characteristics: 432 p. ;,25 cm


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Sep 16, 2013

This book made me more skeptical of the business of antidepressants and big pharma in general. It's a well-written account of the history of depression and how it has been conceptualized, diagnosed, and treated. Greenberg is considerate of multiple points of view while still making his own opinions obvious. As a student in counseling psychology, I very much appreciated this treatment of the subject.

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