Depression
This Close to Happy
A Reckoning with Depression
By Daphne Merkin
Review by Jennifer Radden, Ph.D. on Tue, May 2nd 2017.
This Close to Happy by Daphne MerkinIn her memoir This Close to Happy, Daphne Merkin further develops on her several earlier essays describing the experience of her illness: the depression, the hospitalizations, the suicidal thoughts, and lasting, tearful moods of unhappiness and apathy. For those familiar with this earlier writing, the book was slow in coming and anxiously awaited, its long delay suggestive of further trouble, perhaps another painful interruption to Merkin's difficult life. That wait raised the stakes: this had to be good. And it is, an absorbing, candid, and wry account, taking us from Merkin's privileged if
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Ordinarily Well
The Case for Antidepressants
By Peter D. Kramer
Review by Elizabeth A. Throop, Ph.D., on Tue, Sep 6th 2016.
In Ordinarily Well: The Case for Antidepressants, psychiatrist Peter D. Kramer presents an exhaustively researched history of the development of antidepressants. Tracing the beginnings of antidepressants in 1950s Switzerland and bringing us to the present day, Kramer intersperses a close examination of drug trials and the scientific method with personal reminiscences and tales from his own practice. He concludes, not at all surprisingly, that antidepressants are profoundly life-changing for a wide variety of people. Kramer begins by confessing that, during his medical training and for the ear
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Ordinarily Well by Peter D. Kramer

The Memory of Light
By Francisco X. Stork
Review by Brett Karlan on Tue, May 24th 2016.
The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork Young adult fiction is often at its best when it offers us a window into the psychological perspective of a particular character. Novels in this genre are often exclusively first-personal, and they aim to offer us a fascinating way of reaching inside the developing mental life of the teenage protagonist. They help us figure out what makes these characters tick and how they learn to inhabit the worlds (whether fantastical or mundane) that they find themselves in. The Memory of Light, a new young adult novel by Francisco Stork, adds a fascinating twist to this genre convention: the&
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Fast Girl
A Life Spent Running from Madness
By Suzy Favor Hamilton
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Apr 26th 2016.
Fast Girl is the memoir of Suzy Favor Hamilton, from her childhood to her current married life. She is known for her accomplishments as a runner who made it to the Olympics three times and also for being outed by a muck-raking website for working as an escort in Las Vegas while she was married and had a young daughter. Her memoir puts her behavior in context , explaining her decision to have sex for money as a result of her late-developing undiagnosed bipolar disorder, exacerbated by some of the medication she was taking for what she took to be depression.  She compares herself to her bro
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Fast Girl by Suzy Favor Hamilton

Reasons to Stay Alive
By Matt Haig
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, Mar 22nd 2016.
Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig  Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig is a personal account regarding Haig's struggle with depression. Haig wanted to share his story due to the fact that depression is one of the deadliest diseases on the planet. "It kills more people than most other forms of violence -- warfare, terrorism, domestic abuse, assault, gun crime -- put together (p. 25)." At the same time, Haig believes that we do not take depression as seriously as we should. Depression and suicide are clearly linked, but that link is not something that is discussed very often, and there is stigma associated with speaking ab
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Depression, Emotion and the Self
Philosophical and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
By Matthew Ratcliffe and Achim Stephan (Editors)
Review by Joseph Walsh on Tue, Apr 14th 2015.
This volume fits into a wider dialogue between philosophy and modern mechanistic medicine. While the title takes itself as philosophy, one finds on reading the book that it is more specifically phenomenology. This is an approach that brings to the fore the person and his subjective experiences in understanding and analysing disease. Phenomenology certainly has a lot to offer on the subject of depression and readers, from whatever background, will find many fruitful studies in this volume. It is much needed since depression has always been a difficult subject to examine and explain comprehensiv
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Depression, Emotion and the Self by Matthew Ratcliffe and Achim Stephan (Editors)

The Weariness of the Self
Diagnosing the History of Depression in the Contemporary Age
By Alain Ehrenberg
Review by Jennifer Radden, Ph.D. on Tue, Feb 10th 2015.
The Weariness of the Self by Alain EhrenbergSociologist Alain Ehrenberg's detailed and challenging account of depression is the first English translation of La fatigue d'être soi: Dépression et société (1998). Offering a valuable addition to the body of Anglophone writing on that subject, its virtues lie in three distinct directions: its historical references and citations are refreshingly different from those invoked by most writing about depression in English today; it contains a self-conscious reflection on the cultural and epistemological assumptions separating European from English-speaking psyc
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American Melancholy
Constructions of Depression in the Twentieth Century
By Laura D. Hirshbein
Review by Lloyd A. Wells, Ph.D., M.D. on Tue, Jan 27th 2015.
In this thought-provoking, short book, Laura Hirshbein, a psychiatrist and historian of psychiatry, presents compelling evidence that depression, as we know it, is in part a relatively recent American construct which makes depression, in large part, a disease more prevalent in women than men.  She relies on many studies in the psychiatric literature but also bolsters her argument by examples from the popular press -- and especially women's magazines -- to demonstrate her thesis and also the cultural context surrounding the development of the modern diagnosis.     &nbs
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American Melancholy by Laura D. Hirshbein

 
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