Depression and the Self: Meaning, Control and Authenticity (Hardback)
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Depression and the Self: Meaning, Control and Authenticity (Hardback)

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Hardback 190 Pages / Published: 11/01/2018
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Depression is widely recognised as the leading disability worldwide. Though classified as a medical condition, depression also contains very personal and social aspects which are integral to the experience - as those who have experienced it know all too well. Drawing on research interviews with women who have experienced depression, this psychological study elucidates experiences of depression and the meanings attached to it. In so doing, Browne challenges current understandings of depression as a chronic and endogenous illness and stresses the importance of the perception of authenticity among depression sufferers. Written in plain language accessible to non-specialists, Depression and the Self argues that in depression perceptions of control and the self are intertwined - and that this has important implications for diagnosis and recovery.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107138650
Number of pages: 190
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 14 mm


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'Tamara Kayali Browne's Depression and the Self presents a sophisticated and original view of depression from the sufferer's point of view. It uniquely captures the experiences of depression, treatment, and recovery and will be of great interest to those who suffer from this condition as well as clinicians and scholars of mental illness.' Allan V. Horwitz, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, New Jersey
'Dr Browne's book is an outstanding example of the new phenomenologically informed, qualitative empirical research on the experience of mental illness. Based on extensive interviews with thirty-seven women with depression, she explores how the multiplex cultural meanings of depression interact with women's senses of self. As a psychiatric educator, I can think of no better book to prepare beginning clinicians to understand the manifold expressions of this condition, and its impact on people's lives. Seasoned clinicians, in turn, will be intrigued by the novel insights gained.' John Z. Sadler, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center
'Browne's innovative research invites us into the world of expectations and identifications among those recovering from mood disorders. The yield of her study is of immense importance. It enhances our understanding of how depression fits within these subjects' selves as they persist through lives, not just through episodes of disorder. And in so doing, it reveals ways of being well, as much as ill.' Jennifer Radden, University of Massachusetts, Boston
'Browne's Depression and the Self is an important new contribution in helping to untangle a great riddle of our times: depression as the number one disability in the world. The book examines complex questions about the self - and in particular, what authenticity means to those with depression, their sense of control, as well as identified triggers for depression - to draw out key conclusions from which researchers, practitioners and patients can all benefit.' Damien Ridge, University of Westminster
'Tamara Kayali Browne's Depression and the Self presents a sophisticated and original view of depression from the sufferer's point of view. It uniquely captures the experiences of depression, treatment, and recovery and will be of great interest to those who suffer from this condition as well as clinicians and scholars of mental illness.' Allan V. Horwitz, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, New Jersey
'Dr Browne's book is an outstanding example of the new phenomenologically informed, qualitative empirical research on the experience of mental illness. Based on extensive interviews with 37 women with depression, she explores how the multiplex cultural meanings of depression interact with women's senses of self. As a psychiatric educator, I can think of no better book to prepare beginning clinicians to understand the manifold expressions of this condition, and its impact on people's lives. Seasoned clinicians, in turn, will be intrigued by the novel insights gained.' John Z. Sadler, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center
'Browne's innovative research invites us into the world of expectations and identifications among those recovering from mood disorders. The yield of her study is of immense importance. It enhances our understanding of how depression fits within these subjects' selves as they persist through lives, not just through episodes of disorder. And in so doing, it reveals ways of being well, as much as ill.' Jennifer Radden, University of Massachusetts, Boston
'Browne's Depression and the Self is an important new contribution in helping to untangle a great riddle of our times: depression as the number one disability in the world. The book examines complex questions about the self - and in particular, what authenticity means to those with depression, their sense of control, as well as identified triggers for depression - to draw out key conclusions from which researchers, practitioners and patients can all benefit.' Damien Ridge, University of Westminster

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