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On Depression Drugs, Diagnosis, and Despair in the Modern World

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ISBN-10: 142140933X

ISBN-13: 9781421409337

Edition: 2013

Authors: S. Nassir Ghaemi

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In a culture obsessed with youth, financial success, and achieving happiness, is it possible to live an authentic, meaningful life? Nassir Ghaemi, a psychiatrist with a wide grasp of philosophy, reflects on our society's current quest for happiness and rejection of anything resembling sadness. On Depression asks readers to consider the benefits of despair and the foibles of an unexamined life. Too often depression as disease is mistreated or not treated at all. Ghaemi warns against the "pretenders" who confuse our understanding of depression—those who deny disease excessively for instance or those who use psychiatric diagnosis (the DSM system) "pragmatically" and unscientifically. But…    
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 7/1/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 232
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.81" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Preface
Entrance
Lives of Quiet Desperation
The Varieties of Depressive Experience
Abnormal Happiness
The Age of Prozac
The Unknown Hippocrates
Pretenders
Postmodernism Debunked
Pharmageddon?
Creating Major Depressive Disorder
The DSM Wars
Guides
Viktor Frankl: Learning to Suffer
Rollo May and Elvin Semrad: I Am, We Are
Leston Havens: Holding Opposed Ideas at Once
Paul Roazen: Being Honest about the Past
Karl Jaspers: Keeping Faith
Exit
The Banality of Normality
Two O'clock in the Morning
Acknowledgments
Appendix. Listening to Despair: An Interview by Leston Havens
Notes
Bibliography
Index