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Against Depression

by Peter D. Kramer

Against Depression
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  • First Published:
    May 2005, 368 pages
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    Jul 2006, 368 pages

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According to the prozac.com website:

  • Prozac has been taken by more than 54 million people since its introduction in 1986, making it the most widely described anti-depressant medicine in history.
  • More than 18 million Americans suffer from some type of depression, and one in eight persons need treatment for depression during his or her lifetime.
  • Depression is a recurring illness.  If you have one episode there is a 50% chance of another, if the recurrence rate increasing with the number of episodes.
  • Untreated, depression can last up to 6 months or longer.
  • An estimated 15% of people with chronic depression commit suicide.
  • Due to the social stigma still surrounding depression, the National Institute of Mental Health estimates two-thirds of people suffering from depression do not seek help.

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  • In the 1960s it was discovered that the antihistamine Diphenhydramine hydrochloride (trade name Benadryl in the USA) ...

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