The Noonday Demon: An Anatomy of Depression

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Vintage, 2002 - Depressed persons - 560 pages
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This Extraordinarily Moving, Shocking And Eye-Opening Work Is Set To Become The Classic Text On The Subject Of Depression, Mental Illness And The Way We Live Now, For The Literary Market - The Book That Knocks Even William Styron'S Darkness Visible Out Of The Water. Like Kay Jamison'S An Unquiet Mind, It Digs Deep And Painfully Into Personal Experience, But It Also Looks At The Much Wider Picture - The Historical, Social, Biological, Chemical, Pharmaceutical And Medical Aspects And Implications Of The Disease - Broadening The Scope Immeasurably. What Is Crucial Is That Solomon Has Not Only Experienced What He Is Writing About Firsthand, And Describes The Experience From The Inside Terrifyingly And Brilliantly, But Also That He Has Researched Ever Aspect Of Depression, From The Historical Treatment And Study Of 'Melancholy' As Far Back As The Greeks And Romans (Who Believed That Cauliflower Was Good For Depression), Right Through To The Side Effects Of The Pharmaceutical Cocktails Of The Present Day, Case Histories Of People In And Out Of Mental Hospitals, Faith Healers, The Power Of Suggestion, As Well As The Implications For The Future Of Western Society. He Also Writes Like A Dream.

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What a wonderful writer. - Goodreads
Great book that give me more insight on myself. - Goodreads
A well-researched examination of depression. - Goodreads
a compassionate and richly researched book. - Goodreads
A wonderful insight for any choosing to examine life... - Goodreads
This is a truly amazing piece of research and advocacy. - Goodreads

Review: The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

User Review  - Fay - Goodreads

For anyone who either is depressed or knows someone who is depressed this is the ideal book. Both sympathetic and extremely informative about various treatments. It demonstrates how difficult it can be to find the medications and treatments that will work for an individual. Very well researched! Read full review

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An important, comprehensive, compassionate book about depression, the seemingly ubiquitous plague of modernity. As always, Solomon is gracious and thoughtful in his portrayals of real stories ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

Andrew Solomon is a writer and activist working on politics, culture and psychology. He writes regularly for the New Yorker, Newsweek, and the Guardian. He is a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Cornell University and Special Adviser on LGBT Affairs to Yale University's Department of Psychiatry. The Noonday Demon won the 2001 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. His highly-acclaimed study of family, Far from the Tree won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Non-fiction, the Lukas Book Prize and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, among others. He lives with his husband and son in New York and London.

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