Over the past few decades, psychoanalysis and dynamic psychiatry have been steadily stepping back from a key role in the understanding and treatment of depressive disorders. This book investigates the basis for such retreat by delving into the history of medicine, philosophy, religion, and literature. It unveils the social motives for the overwhelming consensus currently gathered by the biomedical model of depression. The book then moves on to discuss at depth psychoanalytic literature on depression and reveals how it possesses an enormous explanatory power for depression symptoms. This approach allows the author to offer readers a comprehensive, dynamically-oriented model of symptom formation in depression.
Prefatory Note Acknowledgments Part I: Historical Facts: Depression and Other Socially Shared Representations of Pain in Western Civilization Chapter One: Sadness and Black Bile Chapter Two: Sadness, Error and Sin Chapter Three: Sadness and Human Societies Part II: Clinical Facts Chapter Four: Looking through a Distortive Mirror: Descriptive Psychopathology of Depression from a Psychoanalytic Perspective Chapter Five: Encountering Depression in the Context of Mental Health Services: The Contribution from Psychoanalytic Literature Part III: The Model Chapter Six: A Model of the Process of Formation of Depressive Symptoms Chapter Seven: Epistemological Observations References