Beyond Depression: A New Approach to Understanding and Management

Beyond Depression: A New Approach to Understanding and Management

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Author/Contributor(s): Dowrick, Christopher
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Date: 09/14/2009
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
Is there an epidemic of depression sweeping the world, or are we radically altering our interpretation of normal human experiences? Do we need a dose of medication or a renewed sense of meaning?

In this second edition of Beyond Depression, Christopher Dowrick--an academic and general practitioner--takes a critical insider's look at commonly held views about the diagnosis and managmenet of depression. He argues that our belief in depression as a medical condition is based on commercial, professional, organizational, and cultural factors which combine to sustain the popularity of depression as a concept, which is based more on our values than on science.

Based on the best contemporary evidence available, this second edition includes new research findings on the management of mild and recurrent depression, the possibility of a genetic basis to depression, and extended arguments on the limitations of screening, and the placebo effects of antidepressant medication.

The author considers alternative ways of understanding the thoughts and feelings that we currently prescribe as depression, drawing on cross-cultural, religious, political, and literary sources. He proposes a conceptual framework that provides a means of moving beyond depression as a medical concept and as a personal problem. When applied to encounters between doctors and patients in primary care it leads us towards enabling narratives, with an emphasis on listening and understanding rather than diagnosis and prescription.