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Against depression

Author: Peter D Kramer
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006, ©2005.
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A decade ago, with Listening to Prozac, Kramer revolutionized the way we think about antidepressants and the culture in which they are so widely used. Now, he returns with a look at the condition those medications treat. Depression, linked in our culture to a long tradition of "heroic melancholy," is often regarded as ennobling--a source of soulfulness and creativity. Tracing this belief from Aristotle to the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter D Kramer
ISBN: 0143036963 9780143036968 0670034053 9780670034055
OCLC Number: 71749567
Notes: Originally published: New York : Viking, 2005.
Description: xiv, 353 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: What it is to us --
1. The final memoir --
2. Return --
3. What if --
4. Ambivalence --
5. Altogether --
6. Charm --
7. More charm --
8. Eros --
9. Obvious confusion : three vignettes --
What it is --
10. Altogether again --
11. Getting there --
12. Magnitude --
13. Extent --
14. Convergence --
15. Resilience --
16. Here and now --
What it will be --
17. The end of melancholy --
18. Art --
19. The natural --
20. Alienation --
21. After depression.
Responsibility: Peter D. Kramer.
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A decade ago, with Listening to Prozac, Kramer revolutionized the way we think about antidepressants and the culture in which they are so widely used. Now, he returns with a look at the condition those medications treat. Depression, linked in our culture to a long tradition of "heroic melancholy," is often regarded as ennobling--a source of soulfulness and creativity. Tracing this belief from Aristotle to the Romantics to Picasso, and to present-day memoirs of mood disorder, Kramer suggests that the pervasiveness of the illness has distorted our sense of what it is to be human. There is nothing heroic about depression, he argues, and he presents the latest scientific findings to support the fact that depression is a disease.--Publisher description.

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