• The book starts by saying that in order to be able to love, one must be able to experience despair at the loss of love.
• Despite efforts made by the medical field, depression cannot be wiped out, only contained.
• The diagnosis of depression is as complicated as the disease itself, and Solomon believes the common definition of depression is inept and arbitrary.
• Mental illness is a real illness and requires treatment like any other physical disease.
• Depression is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and abroad in people over 5 years of age, and it claims more years than war, AIDS, and cancer combined.
• The issue of misdiagnosis and errors in treatment is a growing concern.
• Treatment is a growing concern, and of those depressives who seek help for their depression, 25% will receive no treatment.
• Depression is described by many people as going "over the...
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