Against Depression

Against Depression

by Peter D. Kramer
Against Depression

Against Depression

by Peter D. Kramer


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"Deeply felt... [Kramer's] book is a polemic against a society that accepts depression as a fact of life." —O, The Oprah Magazine

A profound look at depression by the author of The New York Times Bestseller, Listening to Prozac

In his landmark bestseller Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer revolutionized the way we think about antidepressants and the culture in which they are so widely used. Now Kramer offers a frank and unflinching look at the condition those medications treat: depression. Definitively refuting our notions of "heroic melancholy," he walks readers through groundbreaking new research—studies that confirm depression's status as a devastating disease and suggest pathways toward resilience. Thought-provoking and enlightening, Against Depression provides a bold revision of our understanding of mood disorder and promises hope to the millions who suffer from it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143036968
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/25/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Peter D. Kramer is the author of eight books, including Ordinarily Well, Against Depression, the novels Spectacular Happiness and Death of the Great Man, and the national and international bestseller Listening to Prozac. His essays, op-eds, and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and elsewhere. Dr. Kramer hosted the public radio program The Infinite Mind and has appeared on the major broadcast news and talk shows, including Today, Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and Fresh Air. For forty years, Dr. Kramer practiced psychiatry in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. He now writes full time.
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Table of Contents


What It Is to Us
1. The Final Memoir
2. Return
3. What If
4. Ambivalence
5. Altogether
6. Charm
7. More Charm
8. Eros
9. Obvious Confusion: Three Vignettes

What It Is
10. Altogether Again
11. Getting There
12. Magnitude
13. Extent
14. Convergence
15. Resilience
16. Here and Now

What It Will Be
17. The End of Melancholy
18. Art
19. The Natural
20. Alienation
21. After Depression


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