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The ubiquitous phenomenon of depression has become the province of enthusiastic study by therapists, both medical and nonmedical, in recent years. Weissman and Paykel point out in The Depressed Woman that depression has been an almost fashionable illness at various times in human history. Philosophers, social scientists, theologians, and physicians have theorized about its causes, and since the development of the various antidepressant drugs and the multitude of "feel good" therapies since World War II, the treatment of depression is currently more popular than ever among all these gurus.
And yet there remains an incredible variety of authoritative clinical definitions
The Depressed Woman. A Study of Social Relationships.. Ann Intern Med. ;82:440. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-3-440_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(3):440.
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