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Published: 08 December 2016

424 Pages


ISBN: 9780190260965

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Speaking of Sadness

Depression, Disconnection, and the Meanings of Illness, Updated and Expanded Edition

David A. Karp

  • Twenty years after its publication, Speaking of Sadness remains among the few sociological treatments of depression rooted in careful analysis of first-hand accounts.
  • Gives voice to personal experience struggling with depression, revealing an account of mental illness that in many cases within society is often marginalized.
  • Suggests individual lives and supportive communities are shaped and enriched by each other's narratives, helping readers to feel far less alone and less responsible for their suffering.
  • Discovers repeating, underlying conceptual themes in the depression experience.
  • An analytical approach, through the stories included, provides readers a form of vocabulary and longstanding patterns of depression for re-visioning their depression experience.

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