The Noonday Demon: An Atlas Of Depression

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 12, 2001 - Psychology - 571 pages
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With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Andrew Solomon takes the reader on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.

The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policymakers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has had on various demographic populations around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness.

The depth of human experience Solomon chronicles, the range of his intelligence, and his boundless curiosity and compassion will change the reader's view of the world.

 

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A must-read.

User Review  - SarahJD - Borders

I highly reccommend this book to anyone who has been, is, or loves someone who is depressed. For starters, he explains what depression is and how it is manifest in a very easy to read way. Though the ... Read full review

Noonday Demon is a must read on Depression!

User Review  - lin14 - Overstock.com

Anyone who has Depression or has dealt with it must read this. It is what my Dr. ordered and she was right. This is an easy read while heavy in content and very informative. I will definitely be sharing this book. Read full review

Contents

A Note on Method
11
Breakdowns
39
Treatments
101
Alternatives
135
Populations
173
Addiction
217
Suicide
243
History
285
Poverty
335
Evolution
401
Hope
421
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Andrew Solomon studied at Yale University and Jesus College, Cambridge, England. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker, ArtForum, and The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost and the novel A Stone Boat, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. For more information, visit www.noondaydemon.com

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