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Weariness of the Self: Diagnosing the History of Depression in the Contemporary Age Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00CS5BO4Q
- Publisher : McGill-Queen's University Press (December 20, 2009)
- Publication date : December 20, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 1544 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Print length : 377 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #997,383 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Ehrenberg does an excellent job of tracing the history of depression, describing its characteristics in a social context, and exploring the nuances of depression diagnosis in the modern age. In a time when one in three Americans is on a psychoactive medication (many of which are SSRIs for depression), it is easy to dismiss the problem as one of over-diagnosis and over-medicalization of normal symptoms. However, Ehrenberg makes a compelling argument that unique facets of our modern social world create crises within many individuals that manifest as depression.
What I appreciate about this book is that it addresses the key, sociological problems that contribute to depression. Yes, there are biological changes that are associated with depressed mood. But there are also existential problems that tip a person into a depressive state.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history or sociology of depression. From electroshock therapy to the modern SSRI revolution, Ehrenberg discusses the key components of this fascinating syndrome.
This is a book that I would recommend to all who are not put off by a scholarly writing style and who have an interest in depression/mental illness or just the plain burden of living in our time, in getting to know more about the heavy weight of individual responsibility that people have to shoulder nowadays.