The Noonday Demon. An anatomy of depression – Andrew Solomon

The Noonday Demon. An anatomy of depression – Andrew Solomon

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Like Primo Levi’s The Periodic Table The Noonday Demon digs deep into personal history as Andrew Solomon narrates brilliantly and terrifyingly his own agonising experience of depression. Solomon also portrays the pain of others in different cultures and societies whose lives have been shattered by depression and uncovers the historical social biological chemical and medical implications of this crippling disease. He takes us through the halls of mental hospitals where some of his subjects have been imprisoned for decades into the research labs to the burdened and afflicted poor rural and urban. He talks to faith healers and voyages around the world in a quest for folk wisdom. He analyses the medications of today as well as reviewing the politics of diagnosis and treatment and perhaps most significantly he looks at the vital role of will and love in the process of recovery. Andrew Solomon holds a PhD in psychology from the University of Cambridge is a professor of psychology at Columbia University and President of PEN American Center and is a regular contributor to the Guardian the New Yorker and the New York Times. A lecturer and activist he is the author of Far from the Tree: Parents Children and the Search for Identity which won the Wellcome Trust Book Prize the National Book Critics Circle Award and many other awards and The Noonday Demon An Atlas of Depression which won the National Book Award was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has been published in twenty-four languages. His TED talks have been viewed over 12 million times. A dual UK/US national he lives in London and New York. www.andrewsolomon.com.