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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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"I love it" is not exactly the best characterization of my reaction, but 5 stars it is. My ordeals with MDD have been minor compared to those of Mr Solomon, but the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Michael Rathbun
This was not the book I intended to buy. I intended to buy The Noonday Devil.
Notice the names of the books are very similar, however, they are totally different books.
My experience with depression , and PTSD, was VERY different than the one presented by this author. It was not as helpful as I had hoped.Published 7 days ago by ilovejimmy
I feel like Andrew is a close friend at this point, because no one understands this situation quite like him. Read morePublished 9 days ago by D. Carnahan
Most helpful, comprehensive account of depression I've ever read and I've read a fair bit. Extremely helpful about the history of, the biology/chemistry of. Read morePublished 10 days ago by scoobydoo
This is an incredible book! I have been writing in all the margins, which for me, signifies knowledge that I want to absorb into my body! Read morePublished 28 days ago by John Ascione
Depression is my problem and I understand that it is the problem of many people through centuries. It is a terrible suffering and this book is written by very intelligent person... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lilia Shut