A cure for darkness : the story of depression and how we treat it

by Riley, Alex (Science writer),

Format: Print Book 2021
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A fascinating, "rich, and generous" ( Financial Times ) look at the treatment of depression by an award-winning science writer that blends popular science, narrative history, and memoir.

Is depression a persistent low mood, or is it a range of symptoms? Can it be expressed through a single diagnosis, or does depression actually refer to a diversity of mental disorders? Is there, or will there ever be, a cure? In seeking the answers to these questions, Riley finds a rich history of ideas and treatments--and takes the reader on a gripping narrative journey, packed with fascinating stories like the junior doctor who discovered that some of the first antidepressants had a deadly reaction with cheese.

"Interweaving memoir, case histories, and accounts of new therapies, Riley anatomizes what is still a fairly young science, and a troubled one" ( The New Yorker ). Reporting on the field of global mental health from its colonial past to the present day, Riley highlights a range of scalable therapies, including how a group of grandmothers stands on the frontline of a mental health revolution.

Hopeful, fascinating, and profound, A Cure for Darkness is "recommended reading for anyone with even a peripheral interest in depression" ( Washington Examiner ).
part 1. Cutting steps into the mountain: The anatomists ; Über Coca ; "Psychiatry's Linnaeus" ; A melancholic humor ; Instruments of cure ; The talking cure ; Love and hate ; A first sketch
part 2. "The biological approach seems to be working": Fighting fire with fire ; Unfixing thoughts ; "The brain has ceased to be sacred" ; The most powerful reaction ; Legacy ; Cerletti's monster ; The psychic energizers ; The shoes that Prozac would fill ; G22355 ; The mysterious case of the lethal headaches
part 3. Getting therapy: In your dreams, Freud ; More than one psychotherapy ; "If mom ain't happy ain't nobody happy" ; "Happier than we Europeans" ; Kufungisisa ; Care by the community ; "I live and breathe peer"
part 4. The universe within: It feels like spring ; Rebirth ; The epitome of hopelessness ; Mind on fire ; "For life" ; The beginning ; Surfing in the brain scanner ; "Turn on, tune in, and drop out" ; Building a new system ; Seeing with eyes shut
Epilogue: New life.

Additional Information
Subjects Depression, Mental -- History.
Depression, Mental -- Treatment -- History.
Publisher New York :Scribner,2021
Edition First Scribner hardcover edition.
Language English
Description xi, 452 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 367-436) and index.
ISBN 9781501198779
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