Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of an American Disease

Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of an American Disease

by Gary Greenberg, Kirby Heyborne
     
 

Am I happy enough? This has been a pivotal question since America's inception. "Am I not happy enough because I am depressed?" is a more recent version. Psychotherapist Gary Greenberg shows how depression has been manufactured—-not as an illness but as an idea about our suffering, its source, and its relief. He challenges us to look at depression in a new way

Overview

Am I happy enough? This has been a pivotal question since America's inception. "Am I not happy enough because I am depressed?" is a more recent version. Psychotherapist Gary Greenberg shows how depression has been manufactured—-not as an illness but as an idea about our suffering, its source, and its relief. He challenges us to look at depression in a new way.

In the twenty years since their introduction, antidepressants have become staples of our medicine chests. Upwards of 30 million Americans are taking them at an annual cost of more than $10 billion. Even more important, Greenberg argues, it has become common, if not mandatory, to think of our unhappiness as a disease that can—-and should—-be treated by medication. Manufacturing Depression tells the story of how we got to this peculiar point in our history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615871551
Publisher:
Tantor Audio Pa
Publication date:
04/28/2010
Edition description:
Playaway Edition
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Gary Greenberg is a practicing psychotherapist in Connecticut and author of The Noble Lie. He has written about the intersection of science, politics, and ethics for many publications, including Harper's, the New Yorker, Wired, Discover, Rolling Stone, and Mother Jones, where he's a contributing writer.

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