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Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness


Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness

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    Available in PDF Format | Speaking of Sadness: Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness.pdf | English
    David Allen Karp(Author)
Speaking of Sadness explores depression as a human experience, not just as a disease. Each of the pieces of the depression puzzle is examined, including interactions with family and friends, experiences with anti-depressant drugs, and the interplay of biology, family and society in depression's definition and treatment.The book includes extensive interviews with depressed individuals and the author's own experiences with depression.

"The millions of people who suffer hard and long with excruciating depressions will recogise themselves in these pages....Speaking of Sadness provides an open challenge to wrestle with the difficult questions."The New York Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • PDF | 252 pages
  • David Allen Karp(Author)
  • Oxford University Press; First Printing edition (4 Jan. 1996)
  • English
  • 7
  • Health, Family & Lifestyle
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  • By Ms. S. A. Freeman on 8 May 2014

    If you or a family member or friend suffers then this is a good book to read. It doesn't offer advice, but simply documents people's individual experiences in a solid and sensible way, without falling into the trap of being too anecdotal. It reflects the different tones and shades of what it means to suffer, and makes it clear that everyone will have a different experience. Well worth having if you need/want to know more about what it may mean to experience depression.

  • By Louise on 28 March 2013

    These kind of books generally have me wanting to throw them across the room in disgust at not 'feeling better' yet. Every page of this had me wanting to read another, I could barely perform the basic day to day chores but in reading this book, I was able to feel connected to others, there are others out there that really get it and know the struggle.

  • By Ester Holte Kofod on 21 January 2014

    A sensitive and well-written personal and sociological account of the suffering of depression. Karp manages to bring the two aspects together (the first person perspective and the sociological) in a mutually enriching way. Very readable and highly recommended!

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