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Rethinking Depression: Reactions to a Book Questioning the Existence of Depression

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Maisel himself suggested in his book that current treatments for depression tend to not be necessary or effective, although he does add that psychotherapy is essentially talking out your problems, and that can be useful for anyone.

After reading the book, you might come to a large and even painful realization that perhaps you have been lied to about the existence of depression and mental disorders in general. Or you could disagree with this controversial theory that other experts have supported, and that countless others have disagreed with.

In the end, it is your life and you can decide what to believe because there is support for both sides. If anything, this novel will urge you to intelligently consider any theories and information you’ve been fed your whole life, and question the way things work and why you should believe certain theories and facts you’ve been told.

And perhaps this book can motivate you to take more control of your mental health and engage in a quest for meaning, purpose and happiness.


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Reviewed February 15, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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