Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Feb 1, 2011 - Depression, Mental - 432 pages
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According to the Office of National Statistics, depression occurs in 1 in 10 adults in Britain at any one time. But what constitutes depression? And what role have the pharmaceutical companies played in creating an idea of depression that turns human beings into neurochemical machines? Where does that leave the human spirit? Do we ask and expect too much of science, rather than accepting that there are important matters about which we may always be unsure? Could this lack of certainty be at the heart of what it means to be human? In his fascinating account of the close relationship between psychiatric diagnosis and the pharmaceutical industries, Gary Greenberg uses his personal experience over a two-year exposure to drug testing and different therapies for depression, backed up by twenty years of professional practice as a psychotherapist, to answer these questions and unravel the 'Secret History of a Modern Disease'.

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Review: Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease

User Review  - Kym Andrew Robinson - Goodreads

The book starts well with a good pace as it covers the history of mental health and the search for a 'cure'. The many magic bullets of medicine that were sought and developed in a hope to fix the ... Read full review

Review: Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease

User Review  - Verónica Valenzuela - Goodreads

This is a terribly over long book to say the same thing: using drugs to treat depression is a creation of the pharmaceutical companies and ambitious scientist. It was more of a history book than ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Gary Greenberg has a doctorate in psychology and has been a practising psychotherapist for more than twenty years. He is the author of The Self on the Shelf: Recovery Books and the Good Life and major articles for McSweeney's, The New Yorker and Harpers. He lives in Connecticut.

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