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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User Review  - mirrani - LibraryThing

This book was part of a reading challenge for me, but I also chose it because I wanted to better understand what my best friend goes through when she suffers her periods of depression. I ended up with ... Read full review

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User Review  - bartt95 - LibraryThing

A masterpiece, one for lists of required reading. Solomon is a story-teller, a scholar, and a great human being. I have no idea how he managed to write this book, but I'm glad he did. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Andrew Solomon is a journalist and lecturer of politics, culture and psychology who 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‚e(tm)s Department of Psychiatry. His highly acclaimed international study of depression, The Noonday Demon won the 2001 National Book Award and was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize. He lives with his husband and son in New York and London.

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