The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression Author Andrew Solomon
ISBN-10 1501123882
ISBN-13 9781501123887
Year 2015-05-19
Pages 688
Language English
Publisher Scribner
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Andrew Solomons National Book Award winning bestselling and transformative masterpiece on depressionthe book for a generation elegantly written meticulously researched empathetic and enlightening Time now with a major new chapter covering recently introduced and novel treatments suicide and anti depressants pregnancy and depression and much more The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal cultural and scientific terms Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers doctors and scientists policy makers and politicians drug designers and philosophers Andrew Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease as well as the reasons for hope He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications and treatments and the impact the malady has on various demographic populationsaround the world and throughout history He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by biological explanations for mental illness With uncommon humanity candor wit and erudition award winning author Solomon takes readers on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning

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