Out of the Blue: Depression and Human Nature

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1995 - 368 pàgines
Almost everyone has been touched by at least a mild form of depression, and thus has some sense of what severe depressive illness must be like. In addition to the most serious clinical cases which can lead to institutionalization or even suicide, this book explores the "normal" depression we all experience—the inevitable blues that accompany troubled personal relationships, career setbacks, or the death of a loved one. It provides a compelling treatment of questions about the nature of depression, where it comes from, who's at risk, and what it indicates about human experience. Depression is a highly prevalent health problem, affecting about 11 million Americans every year. Its costs are staggering - $43.7 billion annually in lost productivity, lost income, and increased health care costs. These numbers put depression on a par with heart disease as one of the most expensive diseases in the United States today. But, unlike heart disease, depression is widely misunderstood. About two-thirds of the cases of depression go undiagnosed and untreated. With a compelling mix of information, illustration, and interpretation, David B. Cohen explores the current state of knowledge about depression, including the powerful influence of genetics. In addition to depressive illness, the book deals with related ideas and topics such as mourning, mania, the rhythms of sleep, self concepts, and suicide. Insights from psychology and psychiatry are blended with history, literature, current events, and personal observation, and topped off with a dose of common sense.
 

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Cohen (psychology, Univ. of Texas-Austin) tackles depression and the age-old question of heritability vs. environment. At any time in the United States, depression affects one in 20 people; suicide is ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

Continguts

To the Reader
9
A ROLE OF THE DICE
15
HIDDEN IN THE HUMAN LANDSCAPE
30
IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE
43
MOURNING AND MELANCHOLIA
63
RHYTHM IN BLUES
80
TRAGIC PLANE
96
FOLIE ADIEU
111
THEME AND VARIATIONS
175
INSIDE STORY
190
BACKASKED QUESTIONS
209
BLUEPRINT SPECIAL
228
IDEOLOGY AND ANTIDOTE
243
THE BUICK STOPS HERE
258
GREAT OCEAN OF TRUTH
271
Appendix
291

POLAR EXPLORATION
132
THE CLAY IS THE POTTER
149
SOUL SURVIVAL
163

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