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How Everyone Became Depressed: The Rise and Fall of the Nervous Breakdown

Edward Shorter


About one American in five receives a diagnosis of major depression over the course of a lifetime. That's despite the fact that many such patients have no mood disorder; they're not sad, but suffer from anxiety, fatigue, insomnia, or a tendency to obsess about the whole business. "There is a term for what they have," writes Edward Shorter, "and it's a good old-fashioned term that has gone out of use. They have nerves." In How Everyone Became Depressed, Edward Shorter, a distinguished professor of psychiatry and the history of medicine argues for a return to the old fashioned concept of nervous ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199948086
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199948086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Edward Shorter, author