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Author Karp, David Allen, 1944-

Title Speaking of sadness : depression, disconnection, and the meanings of illness / David A. Karp.

Publication Info. New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Highland CC Stacks - HCCY-13  RC537 .K367 1995    AVAILABLE
 Highland CC Stacks - HCCY-13  RC537 .K367 1995 c.2  AVAILABLE
 New Lenox PL Adult Non-Fiction - NLBB-1  616.8527 KAR    AVAILABLE
Description vii, 240 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-232) and index.
Contents Living with depression -- The dialectics of depression -- Illness and identity -- The meanings of medication -- Coping and adapting -- Family and friends -- Sickness, self and society
Summary Combining a scholar's care and thoroughness with searing personal insight, Karp brings the private experience of depression into sharp relief, drawing on a remarkable series of intimate interviews with fifty depressed men and women. By turns poignant, disturbing, mordantly funny, and wise, Karp's interviews cause us to marvel at the courage of depressed people in dealing with extraordinary and debilitating pain. We hear what depression feels like, what it means to receive an "official" clinical diagnosis, and what depressed persons think of the battalion of mental health experts, doctors, nurses, social workers, sociologists, psychologists, and therapists, employed to help them. We learn the personal significance that patients attach to beginning a prescribed daily drug regimen, and their ongoing struggle to make sense of biochemical explanations and metaphors of depression as a disease. Ranging in age from their early twenties to their mid sixties, the people Karp profiles reflect on their working lives and career aspirations, and confide strategies for overcoming paralyzing episodes of hopelessness. They reveal how depression affects their intimate relationships, and, in a separate chapter, spouses, children, parents, and friends provide their own often overlooked point of view. Throughout, Karp probes the myriad ways society contributes to widespread alienation and emotional exhaustion.
Subject Depressed persons.
Depression, Mental.
Depressed persons -- Interviews.
Depression, Mental -- Social aspects.
Self-perception -- Case studies.
ISBN 0195094867

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