Manufacturing Depression by Gary Greenberg
The Secret History of a Modern Disease

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Am I depressed or just unhappy? In the last two decades, antidepressants have become staples of our medicine cabinets—doctors now write 120 million prescriptions annually, at a cost of more than 10 billion dollars. At the same time, depression rates have skyrocketed; twenty percent of Americans are now expected to suffer from it during their lives. Doctors, and drug companies, claim that this convergence is a public health triumph: the recognition and treatment of an under-diagnosed illness. Gary Greenberg, a practicing therapist and longtime depressive, raises a more disturbing possibility: that the disease has been manufactured to suit (and sell) the cure.

Greenberg draws on sources ranging from the Bible to current medical journals to show how the idea that unhappiness is an illness has been packaged and sold by brilliant scientists and shrewd marketing experts—and why it has been so successful. Part memoir, part intellectual history, part exposé—including a vivid chronicle of his participation in a clinical antidepressant trial—Manufacturing Depression is an incisive look at an epidemic that has changed the way we have come to think of ourselves.

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Gary Greenberg is a practicing psychotherapist and the author of Manufacturing Depression and The Noble Lie. He has written about the intersection of science, politics, and ethics for Harper’s, The New Yorker, Wired, Discover, and Rolling Stone, among others, as well as Mother Jones, where he is a contributor. Dr. Greenberg lives with his family in Connecticut.
Published January 15, 2010 by Simon & Schuster. 452 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Mother Jones contributing editor and self-described "old-fashioned psychotherapist" Greenberg (The Noble Lie: When Scientists Give the Right Answers for the Wrong Reasons, 2008, etc.) ponders depression and its treatment through the ages.

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However, he does not point out how being depressed can in many cases render people unable to work, and ignores the fact that severe depression can result in self-harm, plunging the individual into a world unrelated to anything in everyday life.

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