Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 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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MANUFACTURING DEPRESSION: The Secret History of a Modern Disease

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Mother Jones contributing editor and self-described "old-fashioned psychotherapist" Greenberg (The Noble Lie: When Scientists Give the Right Answers for the Wrong Reasons, 2008, etc.) ponders ... Read full review

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User Review  - Angela Mileschkowsky - Goodreads

Probably only technically deserves four stars, but I give it the spare for bravery and lots of neat facts. Tons. Oh, and MINDBLOWINGNESS? Okay, small explosion when compared to others on similar topics I've read lately... but if I hadn't, this one would have made my brain into dust. Read full review

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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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