The Myth of Depression as Disease
Limitations and Alternatives to Drug Treatment (Contemporary Psychology)
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|Format:||Electronic Book Text, 180 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 30 December 2005|
Depression is commonly thought of as a biological disorder best treated with antidepressant medications. Pharmaccutical companics and many experts promote this view as established in scientific fact. Here, Leventhal and Martell argue that there is scant actual scientific evidence for this view, and the issue is open to considerable question. They maintain that there is very little known--they call the evidence "woefully weak"--regarding the role of biology in depression. Marketing by drug producers has not only led the public to accept dubious claims and over-value antidepressants, but it has led medical doctors to prescribe them excessively. Leventhal and Martell argue that the effectiveness of psychological therapy has strong scientific support in the treatment of anxiety and depression, and it is safer and results in less frequent relapse. This book will help consumers decide which treatment is best for them. It includes a list of questions to ask before accepting a prescription for antidepressant medication.