Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 2, 2010 - Psychology - 448 pages
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Am I depressed or just unhappy? In the last two decades, antidepressants have become staples of our medicine cabinets—doctors now write 120 million prescriptions annually, at a cost of more than 10 billion dollars. At the same time, depression rates have skyrocketed; twenty percent of Americans are now expected to suffer from it during their lives. Doctors, and drug companies, claim that this convergence is a public health triumph: the recognition and treatment of an under-diagnosed illness. Gary Greenberg, a practicing therapist and longtime depressive, raises a more disturbing possibility: that the disease has been manufactured to suit (and sell) the cure.

Greenberg draws on sources ranging from the Bible to current medical journals to show how the idea that unhappiness is an illness has been packaged and sold by brilliant scientists and shrewd marketing experts—and why it has been so successful. Part memoir, part intellectual history, part exposé—including a vivid chronicle of his participation in a clinical antidepressant trial—Manufacturing Depression is an incisive look at an epidemic that has changed the way we have come to think of ourselves.
  

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User Review  - Douglas Larson - Goodreads

I found the amount of detail the author gives on various aspects of depression, psychotherapy and psychiatry to be a bit too much at times. But I stuck with it to the end and I am glad I did ... Read full review

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User Review  - Matthew Johnson - Goodreads

This book started off as devastatingly interesting to me. I really enjoyed his telling of the various religious, historical and scientific topics that intersect with depression. But it didn't build a ... Read full review

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Contents

Mollusks
1
Job Versus His Therapists
25
Mauve Measles
38
The Dangers of Empathy
61
Making Depression Safe for Democracy
80
What Your Mum and Dad Will Do to You
102
The Shock Doctors
127
The Acid and the Ecstasy
153
Diagnosing for Dollars
225
Mad Men on Drugs
253
Cognitive Therapy
286
The New Phrenologists
315
The Magnificence of Normal
338
Notes
369
Bibliography
397
Acknowledgments
417

Getting High and Making Money
169
Double Blind
201

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About the author (2010)

Gary Greenberg is a practicing psychotherapist in Connecticut and author of The Noble Lie. He has written about the intersection of science, politics, and ethics for many publications, including Harper's, the New Yorker, Wired, Discover, Rolling Stone, and Mother Jones, where he's a contributing writer.

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