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The loss of sadness : how psychiatry transformed normal sorrow into depressive disorder

Author: Allan V Horwitz; Jerome C Wakefield
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
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Depression has become the single most commonly treated mental disorder, amid claims that one out of ten Americans suffer from this disorder every year and 25% succumb at some point in their lives. Warnings that depressive disorder is a leading cause of worldwide disability have been accompanied by a massive upsurge in the consumption of antidepressant medication, widespread screening for depression in clinics and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Miscellanea
Miscellanées
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Horwitz, Allan V.
Loss of sadness.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)989690621
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Allan V Horwitz; Jerome C Wakefield
ISBN: 9780195313048 0195313046
OCLC Number: 71842724
Description: xiii, 287 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword / Robert L. Spitzer --
1. The concept of depression --
2. The anatomy of normal sadness --
3. Sadness with and without cause : depression from ancient times through the nineteenth century --
4. Depression in the twentieth century --
5. Depression in the DSM-IV --
6. Importing pathology into the community --
7. The surveillance of sadness --
8. The DSM and biological research about depression --
9. The rise of antidepressant drug treatments --
10. The failure of the social sciences to distinguish sadness from depressive disorder --
11. Conclusion --
Notes --
References --
Index.
Responsibility: Allan V. Horwitz and Jerome C. Wakefield.
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