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The ailments and conditions that afflict people today can be confusing, disturbing, and painful-both emotionally and physically. The Perspectives on Diseases and Disorders series provides clear, careful explanations that offer readers and researchers insight into what these conditions are, what causes them, how people live with them, and the latest about treatment and prevention. All volumes in the series include primary and secondary viewpoints, bibliographies, detailed indexes, and lists of organizations to contact for additional information.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Understanding Depression
1 The Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments of Depression Paula Anne Ford-Martin Teresa G. Odle 16
2 There Are Many Kinds of Depression Hara Estroff Marano 26
3 Scientists Are Making Progress in Understanding What Causes Depressive Disorders Norbert R. Myslinski 33
4 Deep Brain Stimulation Is a Promising New Treatment for Depression Greg Mone 44
5 Millions of American Men Silently Suffer with Depression Julie Scelfo Karen Springen Mary Carmichael 55
6 Women Are More Likely than Men to Suffer Depression National Institute of Mental Health 64
Chapter 2 Controversies About Depression
1 Depression Is a Disease Peter D. Kramer 73
2 Depression Is Not a Disease Bruce E. Levine 78
3 Antidepressants May Be Underprescribed Jonathan Haidt 83
4 Antidepressants Are Overprescribed Deborah Kotz 92
5 Electroconvulsive Therapy Can Help Those Who Are Depressed Jane E. Brody 99
6 Electroconvulsive Therapy Is Harmful Peter Breggin 105
Chapter 3 Personal Stories
1 Depression: My Hidden Disability Adam Kahn 113
2 Postpartum Depression Is a Cruel Condition Alex Winter 121
3 Turning Tragedy into Greater Awareness for Depression Al Kluesner 125
4 Antidepressants Saved My Life Chris Rose 131
Organizations to Contact 156
For Further Reading 160