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The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policy makers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Andrew Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease.

He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has on various demographic populations - around the world and throughout history.

He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness. With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award winning author Solomon takes listeners on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning.

©2001 Andrew Solomon (P)2015 Blackstone Audio

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Excellent book on Depression extremely informative

This is a thoroughly well written and researched book. i would highly recommend for anybody experiencing depression or wishes to understand a loved one suffering from depression and what it's like

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Amazing book HORRIBLE reading

Andrew Solomon is an amazing author and writes beautifully and comprehensively on the topic of depression in this extremely valuable, smart and compassionate book. I know this because after trying a number of times to stick out this reading I bought a hard copy book and read it. The voice sounds computer generated and completely detracts and distracts from the message. It's particularly difficult to swallow knowing what a lovely voice Solomon has in real life. I love this book and I apologise for the performer who put so much time into this reading but I can not recommend this a audible title. I highly recommend reading the book for yourself

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Great overview of depression

This book was written in 2001 so it must be judged in the time it was written. This book will have been the first exposure many people had to depression. It gives a broad overview of many important aspects of depression that are not widely known. In the 20 years since it was published there have been incredible insights into the nature and treatment of depression.

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So helpful

As a father, husband and brother watching my loved ones battle through the noon day demon, I found incredible comfort in learning about this disease in great detail from this brilliant author. The narration was perfect.

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  • Joanf
  • 07-02-2018

magnum opus

Excellent, moving, beautiful. could perhaps have fine with a tad more editing. the interviews, stories and research are sometimes overwhelming and harrowing. I enjoyed the most what Solomon made of them. Far From the Tree even better - another huge work that could firm the basis of an entire university course.

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  • Luc
  • 08-11-2019

Never gonna forget it!

This book will absolutely stick with me forever.
It's gave insight and understanding on such a great level I've never fount anywhere else..
Andrew Solomon - Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-04-2021

The Greatest Book on Depression

It's an amazing journey through the problem of Depression.

lt is a book covers both the History of Depression and Personal experiences.

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  • G. F. Alcantara
  • 25-03-2021

Food for thought but god awful narrator

I love this writer and this is a key topic to my own life but it is ruined by the narrator and his robot voice. It doesnt sound real and distracts from the content.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-03-2021

this book is a work of art

absolutely fucking beautiful and comprehensive. walks the line between research focused and anecdotal perfectly imo.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-04-2020

Fascinating and familiar

Well narrated with a great degree of empathy for its objects. Fascinating insight into depression that I'm sure many who suffer will find solace with.

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