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Ordinarily Well - The Case for Antidepressants

Peter D. Kramer

Do antidepressants work, or are they glorified dummy pills? How can we tell? In Ordinarily Well, the celebrated psychiatrist and author Peter D. Kramer examines the growing controversy about the popular medications. A practicing doctor who trained as a psychotherapist and worked with pioneers in psychopharmacology, Kramer combines moving accounts of his patients' dilemmas with an eye-opening history of drug research to cast antidepressants in a new light. Kramer homes in on the moment of clinical decision making: Prescribe or not? What evidence should doctors bring to bear? Using the wide range of reference that readers have come to expect in his books, he traces and critiques the growth of skepticism toward antidepressants. He examines industry-sponsored research, highlighting its shortcomings. He unpacks the "inside baseball" of psychiatrystatisticsand shows how findings can be skewed toward desired conclusions. Kramer never loses sight of patients. He writes with empathy about his clinical encounters over decades as he weighed treatments, analyzed trial results, and observed medications' influence on his patients' symptoms, behavior, careers, families, and quality of life. He updates his prior writing about the nature of depression as a destructive illness and the effect of antidepressants on traits like low self-worth. Crucially, he shows how antidepressants act in practice: less often as miracle cures than as useful, and welcome, tools for helping troubled people achieve an underrated goalbecoming ordinarily well.

Do antidepressants work, or are they glorified dummy pills? How can we tell? In Ordinarily Well, the celebrated psychiatrist and author Peter D. Kramer examines the growing controversy about the popular medications. A practicing doctor who trained as a psychotherapist and worked with pioneers in psychopharmacology, Kramer combines moving accounts of his patients' dilemmas with an eye-opening history of drug research to cast antidepressants in a new light. Kramer homes in on the moment of clinical decision making: Prescribe or not? What evidence should doctors bring to bear? Using the wide range of reference that readers have come to expect in his books, he traces and critiques the growth of skepticism toward antidepressants. He examines industry-sponsored research, highlighting its shortcomings. He unpacks the "inside baseball" of psychiatrystatisticsand shows how findings can be skewed toward desired conclusions. Kramer never loses sight of patients. He writes with empathy about his clinical encounters over decades as he weighed treatments, analyzed trial results, and observed medications' influence on his patients' symptoms, behavior, careers, families, and quality of life. He updates his prior writing about the nature of depression as a destructive illness and the effect of antidepressants on traits like low self-worth. Crucially, he shows how antidepressants act in practice: less often as miracle cures than as useful, and welcome, tools for helping troubled people achieve an underrated goalbecoming ordinarily well.
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Genres:

Psychology

Description:

Do antidepressants work, or are they glorified dummy pills? How can we tell? In Ordinarily Well, the celebrated psychiatrist and author Peter D. Kramer examines the growing controversy about the popular medications. A practicing doctor who trained as a psychotherapist and worked with pioneers in psychopharmacology, Kramer combines moving accounts of his patients' dilemmas with an eye-opening history of drug research to cast antidepressants in a new light. Kramer homes in on the moment of clinical decision making: Prescribe or not? What evidence should doctors bring to bear? Using the wide range of reference that readers have come to expect in his books, he traces and critiques the growth of skepticism toward antidepressants. He examines industry-sponsored research, highlighting its shortcomings. He unpacks the "inside baseball" of psychiatrystatisticsand shows how findings can be skewed toward desired conclusions. Kramer never loses sight of patients. He writes with empathy about his clinical encounters over decades as he weighed treatments, analyzed trial results, and observed medications' influence on his patients' symptoms, behavior, careers, families, and quality of life. He updates his prior writing about the nature of depression as a destructive illness and the effect of antidepressants on traits like low self-worth. Crucially, he shows how antidepressants act in practice: less often as miracle cures than as useful, and welcome, tools for helping troubled people achieve an underrated goalbecoming ordinarily well.

Language:

English

Narrators:

L.J. Ganser

Length:

10h 15m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

33:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

16:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

10:50


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

13:42


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:33


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

14:37


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:09


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:38


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:08


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

10:01


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:38


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:54


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:43


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

13:55


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:07


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:15


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:09


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

14:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

19:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

22:43


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

25:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

17:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

13:16


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

11:39


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

16:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

13:39


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:06


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

23:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

19:27


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:09


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

21:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

15:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

33:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

00:32