The author offers a look at depression in which he draws on his own battle with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, researchers, doctors, and others to assess the complexities of the disease, its causes and symptoms, and available therapies. This book examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. He confronts the ...Read MoreThe author offers a look at depression in which he draws on his own battle with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, researchers, doctors, and others to assess the complexities of the disease, its causes and symptoms, and available therapies. This book examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. 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. He takes readers on a journey into the most pervasive of family secrets and contributes to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition.Read Less
New. No dust jacket as issued. Tight binding with clean text. Fine. First Touchstone Edition. Cover is slightly worn along edges. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 576 p. Audience: General/trade. With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Solomon conducts a definitive narrative of incomparable range and resonance on his family secret of mental illness. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, the author reveals as never before the complexities of the disease.
This book has an incredible amount of realism. The information contained in this book will provide the reader with a thorough understanding about depression. Comfortable to read, without having to understand technical jargon often times present in such books. A valuable book that will remain on my shelves.
Sep 9, 2007
A wealth of information....
Impeccably written and from the point of view of someone who has been there and back again, Solomon's Noonday Demon covers more than the topic of clinical depression ; it also imparts much informaton about related topics such as suicide and poverty. Certainly,this " atlas" is a must for those individuals and families dealing with this mystifying disease.
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