Finding Hope in the Age of Melancholy: Melancholy

Hardcover | January 1, 1999

byDavid S. Awbrey

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At the moment of his greatest professional success, vetteran newspaperman & author of this book was struck by a crippling depression. Neither psychotherapy nor Prozac helped him, & it wasn't until he began a painful probe of his life & an investigation into depression's larger issues that he saw a way out. Not a depression memoir, Finding Hope in the Age of Melancholy uses the author's personal experience to launch a profound & inspiring exploration of the depression epidemic in our society. Weaving literature, philosophy, economics, religion, & medicine into a discussion about the roots of our barren culture, the author comes to provocative conclusions. He shows how the nature of our society is often as much to blame for depression as brain chemistry is, how depression can be a positive goad to creativity & deeper self-understanding, & why religious belief & community involvement are often more potent therapies than drugs & the analyst's couch. This is a deeply helpful & illuminating book for all who are looking for meaning in their lives

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Weaving together literature, philosophy, economics, religion and medicine, Finding Hope in the Age of Melancholy reaches provocative conclusions about depression. David S. Awbrey draws on personal experience as a successful journalist who, at the height of his career, was struck by debilitating depression. He argues that society is res...

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At the moment of his greatest professional success, vetteran newspaperman & author of this book was struck by a crippling depression. Neither psychotherapy nor Prozac helped him, & it wasn't until he began a painful probe of his life & an investigation into depression's larger issues that he saw a way out. Not a depression memoir, Find...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.75 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316038113

ISBN - 13:9780316038119

Appropriate for ages: 13

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Weaving together literature, philosophy, economics, religion and medicine, Finding Hope in the Age of Melancholy reaches provocative conclusions about depression. David S. Awbrey draws on personal experience as a successful journalist who, at the height of his career, was struck by debilitating depression. He argues that society is responsible for depression as much as brain chemistry--but the illness may in fact lead to greater creativity and self-understanding. Religion and community may be just as effective as therapy, antidepressants or the analyst’s couch.