Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning
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Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning

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In this provocative and path-breaking distillation of a career spent working with individuals seeking help with mood and motivation, Eric Maisel reveals the implications of one of the era’s most dramatic cultural shifts. In recent decades, much of the unhappiness inherent in the human condition has been monetized into the disease of depression and related "disorders." Mais...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by New World Library (first published December 16th 2011)
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Stefan
I am not in a position to assess Maisel's contentions about depression. The way the book is presented is probably quite misleading. The impression created is that it is a self-help book for the depressed. In fact,it is a book about the significance of meaning and meaning-making in a person's life. It would be very helpful to someone who is experiencing a crisis of meaning in his or her life, or finds it difficult to find or make meaning out of life. Such a crisis might well lead to a person beco...more
Jennie
Ok, I tried, I gave this book a chance. This man has clearly never been depressed in his life and gives the impression that those who feel this way fall under a blanket of symptoms.

If you feel depressed, address it immediately with you doctor or contact your local crisis line. The list that he has in this book of symptoms that a person feels that persist. I have had several doctors tell me that I am talking myself into feeling these feelings. As a depression sufferer, it is much like being a mig...more
Deb
**Losing labels, finding meaning**

Depression or “depression”?

According to the author, the widespread diagnosis of depression has resulted in the medicalization, pathologization, and amplification of the natural human condition of unhappiness. He agrees with Allan Horwitz and Jermone Wakefield who asserted in _The Loss of Sadness_ that:
“Sadness is an inherent part of the human condition, not a mental disorder. Thus to confront psychiatry’s invalid definition of depressive disorder is also to c...more
James
Jun 29, 2012 James rated it 4 of 5 stars
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As someone who has suffered depression, I appreciated the approach and understanding of this book. While it's a bit venomous toward the industry of big medicine and pharmacology at first, the book hits its stride when it comes to grips with its existential approach and humanistic psychology. I found it really worthwhile and interesting.
Gabriel M. Clarke
Oh GOD this book was annoying. Repetitive, smug, directive, lacking in empirical rigour, biased and dismissive of mental illness. In some way, a long, polysyllabic version of Crocodile Dundee's classic put down of those who seek out the counselling and analyst's profession's support - "Haven't they got any mates?"

On the other hand, I can't deny that he has a point in his central proposition that much of the natural existential state of the human condition has been cynically medicalised and I've...more
Debby Hallett
This book was like a miracle to me. Since reading it, I've learned new ways to cope with depression, to the successful point where I've been off all meds for months.

I can appreciate that for some people, it hasn't been helpful to take a long, honest look at how they make meaning in their lives. But for me, it was absolutely what I needed.

The only thing that bothered me in the book was his soapbox lecture, reiterated too many times, about how we've bought into the medicate-against-feeling cultu...more
David
Finished maybe 20 pages or so. Horrible.
Safoura
Really liked the book although still think in some cases medication is really helpfull
Heather
This book is not worth the paper it's printed on.
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Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is the author of more than 40 books in the areas of creativity, psychology, coaching, mental health, and cultural trends. He is a psychotherapist and creativity coach, and writes for Psychology Today and Professional Artist Magazine and presents workshops internationally.
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