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Is It Me or My Meds? Living with Antidepressants

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ISBN-10: 0674025512

ISBN-13: 9780674025516

Edition: 2006

Authors: David A. Karp

List price: $24.00
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By the millennium Americans were spending more than 12 billion dollars yearly on antidepressant medications. Currently, millions of people in the U.S. routinely use these pills. Are these miracle drugs, quickly curing depression? Or is their popularity a sign that we now inappropriately redefine normal life problems as diseases? Are they prescribed too often or too seldom? How do they affect self-images? David Karp approaches these questions from the inside, having suffered from clinical depression for most of his adult life. In this book he explores the relationship between pills and personhood by listening to a group of experts who rarely get the chance to speak on the matter--those…    
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

David A. Karp is Professor of Sociology at Boston College, and the author of Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness and The Burden of Sympathy: How Families Cope with Mental Illness.

Prologue: Doxepin Diary
Giving Voice
Unwelcome Careers
Married to Medication
Searching for Authenticity
Significant Others
Teens Talk
High on Drugs
Epilogue: Lessons from the Inside
Getting Stories Straight
Commonly Prescribed Drugs for Anxiety and Depression