An epidemic of depression or the medicalization of distress?

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The syndrome of major depression is widely regarded as a specific mental illness that has increased to the point where it will be second in the International Burden of Disease ranking by 2020. This article examines the assumption that major depression is a specific illness, that it is rapidly increasing, and that a medical response is justified. I argue… (More)
DOI: 10.1353/pbm.0.0009

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