- Tapa dura: 272 páginas
- Editor: Routledge; Edición: 1 (9 de agosto de 2005)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0415951887
- ISBN-13: 978-0415951883
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The Age of Melancholy:Major Depression and its Social Origin (Inglés) Tapa dura – 9 ago 2005
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Depression has become the most frequently diagnosed chronic mental illness, and is a disability encountered almost daily by mental health professionals of all trades. "Major Depression" is a medical disease, which some would argue has reached epidemic proportions in contemporary society, and it affects our bodies and brains just like any other disease. Why, this book asks, has the incidence of depression been on such an increase in the last 50 years, if our basic biology hasn't changed as rapidly? To find answers, Dr. Blazer looks at the social forces, cultural and environmental upheavals, and other external, group factors that have undergone significant change. In so doing, the author revives the tenets of social psychiatry, the process of looking at social trends, environmental factors, and correlations among groups in efforts to understand psychiatric disorders.
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Dan G. Blazer, M.D., Ph.D., is J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Blazer is also an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina. A Past President of the American Geriatrics Society, Dr. Blazer is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, and is the author of 26 books and almost 300 peer-reviewed articles.
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My experience with this book is mostly positive. The topic was initially interesting because there's a lot of debate as to the causes of depression, and whenever my General Psychology class talks about mental disorders we're inevitably discussing this nature/nurture controversy. The first few chapters were very intriguing because they discussed this issue while also discussing social psychiatry. The author describes how psychiatrists need to take into account a client's social situation (i.e., culture, social status, employment, family ties) when diagnosing and treating disorders. This idea, the corner stone of social psychiatry, seemed to be a given to me as I read this. My first thought was, "Isn't that what everyone thinks?" Apparently not. I began to realize as I continued reading that I was educated (or "raised" as I thought of it) in this way - my instructors always made a point to discuss a client's social experiences, as did my supervisors and colleagues when I worked in community mental health. How can I look at a client and not look at their social circumstances I wondered. I also found the author's discussions of the history of the community mental health movement of interest. But once I got past this information I started to feel that a lot of what he said was redundant. Psychiatry needs to change. Psychiatrists need to use their sociological imagination. We understand. Perhaps I experienced this as redundant simply because I already agreed with his arguments.
Also included in the book are discussions of the history of depression as a diagnosis (and of the DSM itself), a discussion of social factors that may cause depression and the research surrounding them (work-related factors are specifically important), and a discussion of the history of PTSD and how trauma (especially war) can bring it about. All of these things may be of interest to clinical psychology geeks, but I'm not too sure how the general public would feel about it since some of the writing can be technical and the author assumes a level of understanding that not all readers may have. Overall I would suggest this book to people who already have a certain level of understanding of psychiatry and clinical psychology and would recommend it to others with reservations.