Table of contents for Perspectives on diseases and disorders : depression / Jacqueline Langwith, book editor.

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Understanding Depression
1. The Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments           16
of Depression
Paula Anne Ford-Martin and Teresa G. Odle
Depression is a group of mental illnesses char-
acterized by a profound and persistent feeling
of sadness or despair and/or a loss of interest in
things that once were pleasurable.
2. There Are Many Kinds of Depression            26
Hara Estroff Marano
Depression is often difficult to diagnose because
the disease does not always fit neatly into diag-
nostic categories. One type of depression, called
atypical depression, is particularly challenging
to diagnose.
3. Scientists Are Making Progress in             33
Understanding What Causes Depressive
Norbert R. Myslinski
Scientists are continually discovering more and
more about the biochemical and physiological
causes of depression. This is leading to an ever-
increasing number of antidepressant treatments.
4. Deep Brain Stimulation Is a Promising           44
New Treatment for Depression
Greg Mone
Deep brain stimulation, a new type of brain sur-
gery, offers hope to many people who suffer from
severe and hard-to-treat depression.
5. Millions of American Men Silently Suffer        55
with Depression
Julie Scelfo, Karen Springen, and Mary Carmichael
Men generally have difficulty recognizing and
admitting they are depressed. Their depression
is often masked by alcoholism, anger, and other
self-destructive behaviors.
6. Women Are More Likely than Men to               64
Suffer Depression
National Institute of Mental Health
Women's unique biology, psychology, and cul-
tural roles make them susceptible to many forms
of depression.
Controversies About Depression
1. Depression Is a Disease                         73
Peter D. Kramer
Depression is not a requirement for creativity and
intense feeling. It is a disease that society should
2. Depression Is Not a Disease                     78
Bruce E. Levine
Depression is not a disease or a weakness. It is a
normal reaction to overwhelming pain.
3. Antidepressants May Be Underprescribed     83
Jonathan Haidt
Prozac and other selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors can benefit many people.
4. Antidepressants Are Overprescribed         92
Deborah Kotz
Antidepressants have become a "quick fix" to
alleviate sadness. But medicating sadness delays
the normal healing process.
5. Electroconvulsive Therapy Can Help Those   99
Who Are Depressed
Jane E. Brody
A new and improved electroconvulsive therapy
is emerging as a beneficial, lifesaving treatment
for some severely depressed people.
6. Electroconvulsive Therapy Is Harmful      105
Peter Breggin
Electroconvulsive therapy can cause permanent
brain damage. This harmful procedure should
be banned.
Personal Stories
1. Depression: My Hidden Disability          113
Adam Kahn
A college student succeeds after battling
2. Postpartum Depression Is a Cruel          121
Alex Winter
A woman tells of her experience with postpartum

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Depression, Mental Popular works