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On depression; drugs, diagnosis, and despair in a postmodern age.


On depression; drugs, diagnosis, and despair in a postmodern age.

Ghaemi, S. Nassir.

Johns Hopkins U. Press


215 pages




Ghaemi (psychiatry, Tufts U.) reflects on the lost existential import of depression, despair and other sad feelings in a culture that marginalizes them. He argues that prevailing psychiatric etiologies/treatments fail to address how existentially complex depression is, while also taking to task postmodernism and antipsychiatry for being similarly out of touch with the realities of depression and despair. He maintains that the "basic misery of human life is an existential, not a medical, fact" which Americans are culturally prone to medicate away, but also argues that "critics of psychiatric drugs often ignore evidence of their benefits."

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Date:Aug 1, 2013
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