The History of Depression: The Mind-Body Connection by Kenneth McIntosh
Clinical depression is a common problem for teenagers as well as adults; surveys suggest one in eight teens will struggle with depression in a given year. Although many people think of depression as a "modern" illness, the disorder has afflicted men, women, and children for thousands of years.
By studying the history of this mind-body illness, readers can learn what depression is, and how doctors and scientists have developed treatments. While primarily historical, The History of Depression includes valuable and relevant information about today's treatments, including cognitive therapy, antidepressant medications, and "natural" treatments. While this book is not a substitute for professional medical advice, it gives students and parents solid information about a vital health topic.
Introduction 6 Depression Defined 9 Early Concepts of Depression 35 Breakthroughs in Medicine 63 Prozac Revolution 77 Controversies and Alternatives 91 Further Reading 110 For More Information 111 Glossary 113 Bibliography 115 Index 117 Picture Credits 119 Biographies 120