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.
He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative 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 emerging biological explanations for mental illness. With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award winning author Solomon takes listeners 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.
Excellent, moving, beautiful. could perhaps have fine with a tad more editing. the interviews, stories and research are sometimes overwhelming and harrowing. I enjoyed the most what Solomon made of them. Far From the Tree even better - another huge work that could firm the basis of an entire university course.
This is a thoroughly well written and researched book. i would highly recommend for anybody experiencing depression or wishes to understand a loved one suffering from depression and what it's like
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Andrew Solomon is an amazing author and writes beautifully and comprehensively on the topic of depression in this extremely valuable, smart and compassionate book. I know this because after trying a number of times to stick out this reading I bought a hard copy book and read it. The voice sounds computer generated and completely detracts and distracts from the message. It's particularly difficult to swallow knowing what a lovely voice Solomon has in real life. I love this book and I apologise for the performer who put so much time into this reading but I can not recommend this a audible title. I highly recommend reading the book for yourself