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Published: 01 November 2016

424 Pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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 is often marginalized within society.
  • 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 included stories provides readers a form of vocabulary and longstanding patterns of depression for re-visioning their depression experience.

New to this Edition:

  • New introduction by the author
  • Elaborates on the intimate connection between shared stories and social movements meant to liberate and validate those labeled mentally ill
  • Considers how and why psychiatry offers biological explanations of emotional pain and looks into the efficacy of its current "pill paradigm."
  • Evaluates the politics surrounding psychiatric diagnoses and treatments
  • Updated with additional notes and references

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