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The Noonday Demon : An Atlas of Depression - Andrew Solomon

The Noonday Demon

An Atlas of Depression

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"The Noonday Demon" examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy makers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Andrew Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has on various demographic populations -- around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness. With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Solomon takes readers on a journey of incom-parable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.

A Note on Methodp. 11
Depressionp. 15
Breakdownsp. 39
Treatmentsp. 101
Alternativesp. 135
Populationsp. 173
Addictionp. 217
Suicidep. 243
Historyp. 285
Povertyp. 335
Politicsp. 361
Evolutionp. 401
Hopep. 421
Notesp. 445
Bibliographyp. 501
Acknowledgmentsp. 537
Indexp. 541
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ISBN: 9780684854670
ISBN-10: 0684854678
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 2nd April 2002
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1