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


Summary: What is depression? Is it a persistent low mood or a complex range of symptoms? Is it a single diagnosis or a diversity of mental disorders requiring different treatments? In A Cure for Darkness, science writer Alex Riley explores these questions, digging into the long history of depression and chronicling the lives of psychiatrists and scientists who sought cures for their patients.

Item details

  • ISBN: 1501198777
  • ISBN: 9781501198779
  • Physical Description: xi, 452 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2021.

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 433-436) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Part one. 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 two. "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 three. 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 four. 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.
Subject: Depression, Mental History
Depression, Mental Treatment
Depression, Mental Treatment Biography
Depression, Mental Biography
Psychiatrists Biography
Depressed persons
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Depression
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
Depression therapy
Genre: Biographies.
Personal narratives.
Instructional and educational works.

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  • 2 / 2 copies available at West Georgia Regional Library System


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West Georgia Regional Library System:
      Douglas County Public Library
616.8527 RILEY
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West Georgia Regional Library System:
      Maude Ragsdale Public Library
616.8527 RILEY
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