The Myth of Depression as Disease: Limitations and Alternatives to Drug Treatment

The Myth of Depression as Disease: Limitations and Alternatives to Drug Treatment

The Myth of Depression as Disease: Limitations and Alternatives to Drug Treatment

The Myth of Depression as Disease: Limitations and Alternatives to Drug Treatment

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If you have been feeling depressed, are worried about yourself and thinking of going to see a doctor for help, this book has been written for you. The chances are that you think there is something wrong with you and that you should be taking a pill to feel better. After all, that is what you are told in ads on television and probably have read about in many magazines and newspaper articles.

This book is aimed at informing you about what is wrong with that idea. We want you to know what alternatives you have. Our approach has been to write neither a textbook nor a self-help book, but you will find features of both in this work. In a sense, this book is a primer on depression—an objective evaluation of what has been said about it and the truth about treatments available for it.

This book is also directed at professional caregivers who either make referrals for the treatment of depression or are providing such treatment themselves, but whose busy practices may have prevented them from a careful reading of the scientific literature on the nature of depression and its treatment.

Others likely to be interested in this book are readers who are concerned about health care in the United States and how the health field has come to be dominated by the pharmaceutical industry and managed care. Given the criticisms of these industries as having placed a higher value on profits than health, there is considerable reason to question the control these companies have been accorded . . .

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