• Title: Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease
  • Author: GaryGreenberg
  • ISBN: 9781416569800
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • Manufacturing Depression The Secret History of a Modern Disease Am I depressed or just unhappy In the last two decades antidepressants have become staples of our medicine cabinets doctors now write million prescriptions annually at a cost of than billion
    Am I depressed or just unhappy In the last two decades, antidepressants have become staples of our medicine cabinets doctors now write 120 million prescriptions annually, at a cost of than 10 billion dollars At the same time, depression rates have skyrocketed twenty percent of Americans are now expected to suffer from it during their lives Doctors, and drug companAm I depressed or just unhappy In the last two decades, antidepressants have become staples of our medicine cabinets doctors now write 120 million prescriptions annually, at a cost of than 10 billion dollars At the same time, depression rates have skyrocketed twenty percent of Americans are now expected to suffer from it during their lives Doctors, and drug companies, claim that this convergence is a public health triumph the recognition and treatment of an under diagnosed illness Gary Greenberg, a practicing therapist and longtime depressive, raises a disturbing possibility that the disease has been manufactured to suit and sell the cure Greenberg draws on sources ranging from the Bible to current medical journals to show how the idea that unhappiness is an illness has been packaged and sold by brilliant scientists and shrewd marketing experts and why it has been so successful Part memoir, part intellectual history, part expos including a vivid chronicle of his participation in a clinical antidepressant trial Manufacturing Depression is an incisive look at an epidemic that has changed the way we have come to think of ourselves.

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    1. Mr. Greenberg's book may not be the most concise or engagingly written on this topic, but he provides a detailed and interesting overview of the cultural evolution of our idea of depression. For that alone, I think it's a book well worth reading. I also have to agree with his view that while it may not be intentional, the big drug companies have and are continuing to take steps, through lobbying and direct-to-consumer advertising, to broaden the definition of depression and other "mental illness [...]

    2. Psychotherapist Gary Greenberg presents a fascinating and in-depth look at the history of depression in the United States, and the role that pharmaceutical companies play in the recent rise in diagnosis.As someone who has been in and out of treatment for depression for 15 years, on a range of medications from older tricyclics to the most modern SSRIs, it was interesting for me to see how physicians themselves acknowledge that for the vast majority of patients any improvement on these medications [...]

    3. I bought this book because as a mental health academic type I wanted to see what pop psych writers were saying about some of the thorniest issues that we are dealing with in psychiatry. Many of us know that SSRIs and SNRIs are often no more effective than placebo. Many of us know that the DSM is a socially (and politically) constructed document. But the limits of science and the excruciating difficulties in doing research in the area of mental health has many of us stymied. Yes, the drug compani [...]

    4. Oh man, as a lover of totally depresso shit and the history of science, this book was GREAT. Basically, psychiatrist Greenberg -- who has spent a lifetime battling various degrees of clinical depression himself -- outlines how it came to be that, like, our entire country is on-the-books depressed. He argues that this is not some sort of mass chemical imbalance so much as a current way of life that just doesn't make people very happy. Power through the early chapter about Job -- a necessary but m [...]

    5. I'll start this review with a confession: like the author and millions of other folk, I am prone to depression (along with the occasional bouts of anxiety and insomnia and the attention span of a gnat), but luckily I consider myself more of an old-fashioned garden variety neurotic than someone who is actually ill. I am also a bit distrustful of the antidepressant craze currently in vogue, and in my own personal experience, I have seen that psychotropic medicines are definitely over-prescribed. M [...]

    6. This book gets off to a good start. The writer explains technical information, from biochemistry to psychology, very clearly, even entertainingly. He uses on-the-scene images and cases to make it all real. I like the way he relates this anti-pharma position to his personal and professional lives. So far I'd have to say that the book is depressing, but in a nice way.

    7. This is so creepy on so many levels This tells an observant view of the path of psychotherapy from the past until now, and questions the origin of many of the processes used. From Kraepelin's 19th century diagnosis lists still being used today to Big Pharma decisions on how to get a cut of the health insurance $, this book disturbed me on how trusting we are to accept so much without question. The author makes you laugh out loud with his insights, i really appreciated his humor throughout the wh [...]

    8. Glib and messy. It was hard to untangle Greenberg's facts from his theories from his polemical rants--it was all presented in a mosh of sentences, and I ended up not trusting the author, and not liking him too much either. I continue to be fascinated by the difficulty the psychotherapy profession has with justifying its own existence, but I think the more interesting answers about mind/brain theory are to be found in the work of sociologists, some of which are referenced in this book. Because of [...]

    9. A wonderful mess of a book that asks a million questions and gives v. few answers. In a word, I guess, Manufacturing Depression is eye-opening. I never knew how much I took for granted about depression or mental illness in general. Unlike some recent attempts to weave personal narrative and medical history (ex: "The Pain Chronicles"), the book finds a great balance and I never lost sight of both stories. To boot, though Greenberg's POV is sometimes hopeless, this is probably the funniest book ab [...]

    10. As someone who has lost a loved one to depression, it is very difficult for me to write about this book. In rating books on , I find that I tend to be stingier with my stars when it comes to non-fiction. That might be because in fiction, I am only asked to suspend disbelief while reading, something that is normally easy for me. Works of nonfiction have to face my skepticism; whether it's just that I expecting more than entertainment, or if disagreeing IS my entertainment, the result is the same. [...]

    11. A review in the Nation alerted me to this fascinating book by a psychologist plagued by depression himself who researched the history of depression as developed by the medical and drug industry, turns out also a history of medicine/discovery in general. Fine writing, intelligent and witty - probes the evolution, even creation, of an illness to satisfy the drug industry's needs. Questions the whole approach to depression.

    12. Fantastic read for anyone cynical about Big Pharma, the depression industry, and the "chemical imbalance" theory of depression.

    13. I started reading this book because I was interested in the topic. About a hundred pages into it, I forgot all about the topic----I was riding the waves of Greenberg's beautiful prose. To this day I have only a vague idea what his theme was, the writing just overwhelmed me. I wasn't reading anymore; I was listening to music. And because the melody was so enchanting, the lyrics became unimportant. So I can't really comment on the author's subject matter, but I can say this: This book is chock-ful [...]

    14. This book started off as devastatingly interesting to me. I really enjoyed his telling of the various religious, historical and scientific topics that intersect with depression. But it didn't build a case for our modern conception of depression as being synthesized by drug companies trying to sell antidepressants, and of psychiatrists trying to bill more hours. Not really. Instead he just talked about everything. By halfway I had given up and dismissed this book as too ambitious, too long, too s [...]

    15. How did depression become so widespread?Go back 20 years and it wasn't as ubiquitous as it is today. Greenberge explores the origins of the depression industry, from its origins — when the first drug for depression wasn't taken up by drug companies because they knew the market was so small — to today, where the subjective and mostly unscientific psychiatric field craves objectivity.His style is readable and it's a fun book to read.

    16. A challenging topic. As I think he admitted he really didn't seem to know where he was going when he started the book. His criticisms of the disease of depression were well supported if a bit disjointed. His bias was clear and I was hoping for a better explanation of why do many people are suffering. As a practicing physician I wasn't surprised about the information about SSRIs but he's a bit hard on the "depression doctors" who are for the most part just trying to help.

    17. This is a comprehensive and interesting book on the history of depression and how the 'industry' is treating depression. It urges to look beyond the current view of what happiness is and what depression is. I found it insightful and would recommend it to anyone who takes depression medication and to the medical fraternity.

    18. Fascinating combination of history, memoir and polemic about a "disease" which is supposed to infect approximately 20% of Americans. If you're interested in taking Prozac, read this first.

    19. Psychotherapist and medical science writer Gary Greenberg keeps the tone light, even witty, as he weaves the story of his own lifelong struggle with depression around a compact psychiatric and psychological history from Hippocrates to Prozac. He has a strong opinion about depression: except for extreme psychotic cases, depression is not a disease, is not explained by biology, and does not need to be cured, by drugs or anything else. He rejects and even ridicules the medical model of psychopathol [...]

    20. Disclaimer: I have to admit I'm granting one star to this rating just because it fits my long-held bias against pharmaceutical marketing and how cavalierly doctors hand out prescription for better living through chemistry. ____________There are two stories within this book: one is the history of the diagnosis, treatment, and marketing (yes, marketing) of depressive disorders (both major and minor); the other is about the author’s experience as a participant in a clinical trial for a depression [...]

    21. Greenberg's thesis is in the title. He believes that depression can not be reduced to a simple brain disease, amenable to chemicals or cognitive therapy. Certainly there is no proof of a biological basis for depression, hard as scientists have been trying to find such a thing. Even if there were, however, Greenberg would still have to ask (and we should too): what makes the change in the brain? How does it get that way?In this book Greenberg offers us a history of depression, condensed of course [...]

    22. what happens when the author trips on LSD in a holiday inn in pennsylvania and a maid walks in is beautiful. rest is boring as hell.

    23. I found the amount of detail the author gives on various aspects of depression, psychotherapy and psychiatry to be a bit too much at times. But I stuck with it to the end and I am glad I did. Greenberg covers the entire history of psychotherapy and psychiatry as they delt with depression from the 18th to 21st centuries. Despite its title, the book, in my opinion, is Not an expose or condemnation of psyciatric handling of this condition. Greenberg does raise however, very good questions and shows [...]

    24. An easy book for me to read -- perhaps too easy. Which means this review would be a bitch to write if I were to attempt anything so coherent. But I'm not. I'm simply going to plop down some random impressions and perhaps someday return to clean up this mess. Though I wouldn't bet on that. I suppose lists are the last refuge of the incompetent, much as patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. But, alas, I can do no better. Ick.The Neo-Kraepelinian DSMs: Amazing how willfully ignorant thera [...]

    25. I was prompted to read on the subject of depression because in the past decade or so, I have known or known of many children that have been diagnosed as such. I have also gone through a personal experience of a loved one whom I never really felt had clinical depression, yet was being medicated for such. Sure the child had some issues, but I just felt the soul of that child was gone under the influence of. To not go into this too deeply, this was a process I witnessed for several years, and it wa [...]

    26. Everything you could want to know about depression. In this exhaustively researched history of the ”disease” and every researcher who ever studied it, every pharmacist who concocted potions to treat it and every psychiatrist who ever commented on it, Greenberg reveals what must have been years on end among the psychiatric book stacks. But no mere spectator is Greenberg, he also participates having suffered debilitating depression after divorcing his first wife. Perhaps the depth of study rep [...]

    27. Let me simply quote from chapter one, "what I will do in this book is to show you how we arrived here, how we got to a point in our history where it is common, if not mandatory, to think of our unhappiness as a disease convince you that what is at stake w/antidepressants and the disease they treat isn't only a question of whether or not to take drugs for our unhappiness, or even whether or not it's really a good ide to call our unhappiness clinical depression. What's at stake is who we are, what [...]

    28. This book was about the author's thesis that depression as an illness is questionable and arguably made up by doctors and drug companies who benefit from it. But also it's a in-depth look at the history of depression and depression treatments, as well as some other, related mental illnesses and treatments. That part of the book was interesting. Aside from the history and explanations of how different drugs work, and different ways the brain works, I wasn't too impressed with the author's approac [...]

    29. I read the back of this book and thought, now that's sounds interesting. "Manufacturing Depression" started out slow, but once it picked up, it was quite an interesting read. Everyday we are bombarded with advertising for anti-depressants on TV, on the radio, at the bus stop, in magazines, pretty much everywhere. Either you are left wondering if you need to try one or you're scared to death that you might ever have to try one because of all the side-affects. Don't worry, this book isn't about ta [...]

    30. The book starts well with a good pace as it covers the history of mental health and the search for a 'cure'. The many magic bullets of medicine that were sought and developed in a hope to fix the illness that harms those in mind. This I found was the books most interesting part.Greenberg is openly biased in his attack on 'big Pharma' and while much of his criticism is no doubt correct and warranted, it seems to be some what singularly directed. Over looking the political forces and medical pract [...]

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