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The Noonday Demon: An Atlas Of Depression

Written by:
Andrew Solomon
Narrated by:
Barrett Whitener

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
February 2012
23 hours 59 minutes
The Noonday Demon is Andrew Solomon’s National Book Award-winning, bestselling, and transformative masterpiece on depression—“the book for a generation, elegantly written, meticulously researched, empathetic, and enlightening” (Time)—now with a major new chapter covering recently introduced and novel treatments, suicide and anti-depressants, pregnancy and depression, and much more.

The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy makers and politicians, drug designers, and philosophers, Andrew Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease as well as the reasons for hope. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications and treatments, and the impact the malady has on various demographic populations—around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by biological explanations for mental illness. With uncommon humanity, candor, wit and erudition, award-winning author Solomon takes readers on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about Depression is in here. Incredibly well researched and flawlessly written. Author opens a door to topic most prefer to remain closed. Great narration!

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The real life stories felt very carefully selected, insightful, and they showed the wide variation in experiences of depression. An excellent book written by an author who’s been there.

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Gabriela R.

informative & entertaining

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Very depressing personal narrative in style and narration. It was ok, but I just don't know how I feel about the style. Perhaps I was looking for something more scientific, factual or just less droning. To be flair I didn't finish this one, just not my genre.

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An indepth view, very thorough. But depressing also, appears to be a plea to accept depression as a medical problem. As a health care professional, there was not a lot of new information here but did give me some insight. At times it was very difficult to pay attention to.

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