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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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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.
Bought this book because I wanted to better understand depression which affects some of my family members. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Deb
Very good overview of depression from all angles. Interesting history and all the raw info. Good read for those afflicted and those who need to understand.Published 5 days ago by Melissa R.
an excellent and long book regarding depression, written from the personal experiences of the author, accompanied with clinical detail.Published 24 days ago by Geonomeak
This is an excellent book-not finished with it yet- I bought it because I love most anything Andrew Solomon does and have suffered off and on with depression as well as have many... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Laura R. Libner
It is an amazingly well-written book. It made me, not only understand my disease, but learn to live with it in a more relaxed way. I deeply recommend it.Published 1 month ago by eileen brasil
I love the author's TED talk and wanted to know more. I feel 10x more depressed after reading several chapters in this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by N. Ho
If you suffer from depression this may help pull you out and bring you back to enjoying a full life. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Boots Ellroy