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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (238 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter D. Kramer Narrator: Peter D. Kramer Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A decade ago, with his breakaway best seller, Listening to Prozac, Peter Kramer revolutionized the way we think about antidepressants and the culture in which they are so widely used. Now, he returns with a profound and original look at the condition those medications treat, depression. He asks: If we could eradicate depression so that no human being ever suffered it again, would we?

Depression, linked in our culture to a long tradition of heroic melancholy, is often understood as ennobling, a source of soulfulness and creativity. Tracing this belief from Aristotle to the Romantics to Picasso, and to present-day memoirs of mood disorder, Kramer suggests that the pervasiveness of the illness has distorted our sense of what it is to be human. There is nothing heroic about depression, Kramer argues, and he presents the latest scientific findings to support the fact that depression is a disease, one that can have far-reaching health effects on its sufferers.

Frank and unflinching, Against Depression is a deeply felt, deeply moving book, grounded in time spent with the depressed. As his argument unfolds, Kramer becomes a crusader, the author of a compassionate polemic that is fiercely against depression and the devastation it causes. Like Listening to Prozac, Against Depression will offer hope to millions who suffer from depression, and radically alter the debate on its treatment. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Felicia | 1/6/2014

    " Kramer makes the case for depression as a purely biological illness, driven by nature rather than nurture. He also argues against the time-honored practice of romanticizing depression, tying it to the arts and to creativity. It's an interesting book, although a bit longer than it needs to be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joselynn | 12/8/2013

    " Kinda dry writing but the research is interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by trickgnosis | 12/1/2013

    " Can a book that crushes you with the weight of recognition also be liberating? I sure hope so. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicole | 11/21/2013

    " I was already against depression, and this is not as gripping (though more carefully and thoughtfully written and researched) as 'Talking to Prozac,' but it does make the important point that mental illness is the only disease we romanticize and suggest not-treating. TAKE YOUR MEDS. "

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