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Deceptively simple chapter titles (including "Breakdowns," "Treatments," "Addiction," "Suicide") each sit modestly atop a virtual avalanche of Solomon's intellect. This is not a book to be skimmed. But Solomon commands the language--and his topic--with such grace and empathy that the constant flow of references, poems, and quotations in his paragraphs arrive like welcome dinner guests. A longtime sufferer of severe depression himself, Solomon willingly shares his life story with readers. He discusses updated information on various drugs and treatment approaches while detailing his own trials with them. He describes a pharmaceutical company's surreal stage production (involving Pink Floyd, kick dancers, and an opener à la Cats) promoting a new antidepressant to their sales team. He chronicles his research visits to assorted mental institutions, which left him feeling he would "much rather engage with every manner of private despair than spend a protracted time" there. Under Solomon's care, however, such tales offer much more than shock value. They show that depression knows no social boundaries, manifests itself quite differently in each person, and has become political. And, while it may worsen or improve, depression will never be eradicated. Hope lies in finding ways--as Solomon clearly has--to harness its powerful lessons. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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An interesting look at depression and a great understanding of it's effects. A little scary if you are on anti-depressives.Published 9 days ago by Dorothy Marie Wilson
A bit wordy, but very well written and a great deal of information. Beautiful, yet terrifying look at depression.Published 22 days ago by samuel mceuen
Very thorough and informative, this book is a must read for all. It reads like a thesis and can be a little too voluble at times, however, no one can deny Solomon's work of it's... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Gunther O'GiggleBerry
I highly recommend this book to anyone with clinical depression or who has a relationship with such a person. Read morePublished 28 days ago by G. Matteson
Good review of depression causes,characteristics and treatmewntsPublished 1 month ago by William Morris
One of the best books on depression I have ever read. I recommend it highlyPublished 1 month ago by Edie L. Kennedy
As someone who suffers from bi-polar I can say with certainty that Mr. Solomon has written an honest book that shows what
it's like to be me, and you and you and you and you.