miércoles, 30 de octubre de 2013

The Noonday Demon (Review)

The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon
Reviewed by Alex Canton-Dutari
From an objective, almost clinical viewpoint, this book deals with the subject of Depression in a way that helps the normal reader understand the dynamics of the illness. It should be a required reading in psychopathology courses.
I wrote 'normal' to refer to people who have never had a bona fide episode of depression. The suffering exposed by the personal experiences so vividly detailed in the text may create a unique awareness. 
On the other hand, a person who has been clinically depressed and is under remission may fear another strike of the depression devil in any moment. There seems to be an underlying message that depression never goes away. 
The book was well written. This could be sensed from the beginning. Nevertheless, I had to close my Kindle at 60%. It became too threatening for me, as I have known depression on a theoretical level as a clinical psychologist and as a person who has suffered from depression and is doing everything possible to stay in remission.

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