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Author Blazer, Dan G., II (Dan German), 1944-

Title The age of melancholy : "major depression" and its social origins / Dan G. Blazer
Published New York : Routledge, 2005
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Contents Preface -- The diagnosis of depression -- Introduction -- The birth and growth of major depression -- The rise and fall of depression as a reaction -- Social psychiatry -- The birth and growth of social psychiatry -- The retreat of social psychiatry -- The frequency of depression and a lesson from war and society -- Interpreting the burden of depression -- A lesson from war syndromes -- Things fall apart: society and depression in the 21st century -- The revival of social psychiatry -- A call for basic social science research in psychiatry -- Emotion: a link between body and society -- The problem with Soma
Summary "In The Age of Melancholy, noted psychiatrist and author Dan Blazer ponders why - if our biological makeup has not fundamentally changed in the last half-century - we are suddenly depressed on an epidemic scale? He does not have to look far to find answers in the breakneck pace of 21st century life, in our societal pressures, in our intrusive work spaces, and in our disjointed relationships. And yet, despite many seemingly obvious links between our environment and our mental health, contemporary psychiatry is dependent on biomedical treatments for patients who are viewed as solitary individuals, each with independent factors causing depression. The increasing emphasis on the biological sciences and simultaneous loss of interest in related social sciences have put up blinders and impeded progress toward our understanding and treatment of major depression." "In this wide-ranging treatise, Dan Blazer calls for a revival of social psychiatry, which, complementing and completing medical and clinical research, could provide powerful insights into the causes, prevention, and treatment of depression."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Depression, Mental -- History.
Depression, Mental -- Social aspects.
Social psychiatry -- History.
Depressive Disorder.
Depressive Disorder -- history.
Psychology, Social -- history.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203956672 (electronic bk.)
9780203956670 (electronic bk.)
(hardback ; alk. paper)