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The Ethical Treatment of Depression: Autonomy Through Psychotherapy
by Paul Biegler
One in six people worldwide will experience depression over the course of a lifetime. Many who seek relief through the healthcare system are treated with antidepressant medication; in the United States, nearly 170 million prescriptions for antidepressants were written in 2005, resulting in more than $12 billion in sales. And yet despite the dominance of antidepressants in ...more
Hardcover, 213 pages
Published May 20th 2011 by MIT Press (MA)
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An extremely well written and well argued thesis by Paul Biegler. By combining philosophical, psychological and educational aspects of autonomy, Biegler builds a strong case for psychotherapy as opposed to pharmacological intervention when treating depression. Perhaps essential reading for medical practitioners, and stimulating for the casual reader wanting to learn more about how depression works chemically and psychologically.