The Anatomy of Depression
Some years ago Lewis Wolpert had a severe depressive episode: despite a happy marriage and a successful scientific career, he could think only of suicide. When he eventually recovered, he became aware of the stigma attached to depression and of how difficult it was to get reliable information. So he undertook this written investigation into what science and psychiatry - and his own personal experience - could reveal about depression.
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Professor and broadcaster Wolpert's personal experience of being unexpectedly plunged into deepest despair led him, after recovery, to explore current understanding of depression, and ultimately to offer his findings to other sufferers. These include fascinating discussions of the diverse influences of personality, upbringing, genes, neurochemistry, life events, drugs, gender, social support, religion, occupation, disease, war and even the weather. He considers why younger people seem now more at risk of depression, depression in an evolutionary context, and the artistic and creative outcomes, as well as assessing treatments. An excellent and empathic assessment which accompanies a BBC television series. (Kirkus UK)