Chelsea Green Publishing

Surviving America's Depression Epidemic

eBook: 9781603580366
Pub. Date October 26, 2007

Surviving America's Depression Epidemic

How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy

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Millions of us have experienced periods of low morale, struggled to find cheer in the day-to-day world, and then found ourselves pacified into believing the smooth-talking spokesperson in yet another medication ad. We’ve all heard them, there’s no denying the fact that these ads have made each of us wonder: Do I suffer from depression? Would I be happier and healthier if I simply consulted my physician and requested (insert drug name here)?

The rate of clinical depression in the U.S. has increased more than tenfold in the last fifty years. Is this epidemic properly being addressed by the insurance, pharmaceutical, and governmental powers-that-be or exacerbated by a failing system focused on instant results and high profit margins? Dr. Bruce E. Levine, a highly respected clinical psychologist, argues the latter and provides a compelling alternative approach to treating depression that makes lasting change more likely than with symptom-based treatment through medication.

Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic delves into the roots of depression and links our increasingly consumer-based culture and standard-practice psychiatric treatments to worsening depression, instead of solving it. In an easy-to-understand narrative style, Dr. Levine prescribes antidotes to depression including the keys to building morale and selfhealing. Unlike short-term, drug-based solutions, these antidotes foster a long-term cycle where people rediscover passion and purpose, and find meaning in acting on their societal concerns.

A groundbreaking work, atypical of the shelf-loads of “pep-talk” based self help books on the market, Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic provides the knowledge and counsel of a practicing psychologist in a digestible format that will improve your future. A must read for guidance and pastoral counselors; non-dogmatic psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers; and those tired of the TV ads shilling for better living through chemistry.

REVIEWS AND PRAISE

"A distinct pleasure. A thoughtful, compassionate and refreshingly humble look at what we call depression--well-written, easy-to-read, original--a philosophical treatise on the nature of 'being,' what it means to be alive, and the debilitating nature of our corporate society. It prompts the reader to embrace a much more expansive notion of what might be considered a 'normal' range of emotions."
--Robert Whitaker, winner of the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and author of Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill

"How does a sane person find meaning in a world gone mad? The question is not a new one, but author/psychologist Bruce Levine offers timely insights about the social and cultural causes of demoralization. Like other critical thinkers within the existential tradition Levine implies that the phenomenon of psychological depression is a 'not unreasonable' response to the pressures of corporate authoritarianism. What was once a country of immigrant aliens has become increasingly a country of the alienated. But is this alienation inevitable? Surviving America's Depression Epidemic presents startling facts, powerful anecdotes, and poignant aphorisms. In this, the Dark Age of the pharmaceutical-military-industrial complex, Levine has given a much needed wake-up call which challenges each of us to find our own antidote, in the healing aspects of integrity, nature, self-transcendence, and community."--Grace E. Jackson, MD, author of Rethinking Psychiatric Drugs: A Guide for Informed Consent

"In a society permeated by medicalized images of 'depression,' Bruce Levine reminds us to take a broader view, and incorporate historical analysis, social criticism, cross-cultural perspectives, creative insights, and spiritual wisdom into any future public discourse about why so many in our culture are so unhappy, and how we can best help them thrive instead. Surviving America's Depression Epidemic is a bold, intelligent, courageous, and insightful book that will enlighten and inspire many individuals who count themselves as among 'the depressed' (including myself)."--Thomas Armstrong, Ph.D. author of The Human Odyssey, and The Myth of the A.D.D. Child

"While Surviving America's Depression Epidemic is an excellent self-help book, it is not just for the clinically depressed. This well-conceived and researched book illuminates the general malaise tinting the canvas of our lives and validates the background of unhappiness inherent in our contemporary lifestyles--a background often mislabeled as pathological. We are all trying to survive this epidemic. The book is empowering, energizing, and provides a road map to greater psychological health, motivation, and fulfillment."--Stuart Shipko, M.D., author of Surviving Panic Disorder

"If you've ever smelled a rat in the way corporate America tears down community with one hand and pushes antidepressant drugs with the other, this book is for you."--Will Hall, co-founder of Freedom Center (Northampton, MA) and staff member, The Icarus Project

"Surviving America's Depression Epidemic bravely connects much of the overwhelming despair in our society to society itself, and offers innovative remedies. I encourage anyone who has ever asked, 'What are the alternatives to the current mental health system?' -- to read this book. Bruce shows us an array of specific, practical options to fight the good fight on our increasingly demoralized planet. As a psychiatric survivor, I highly recommend that mental health professionals read this book."--David W. Oaks, Director MindFreedom International

"This well-written and insightful book locates depression where it should be situated‐in the dehumanization of American culture and the corporatization of psychological health and well-being. Moreover, Dr. Levine offers insights into what we've lost sight of and what we can do about it."--David Walker, Ph.D., Associate Professor, American School of Professional Psychology

"This is a terrific book. Bruce E. Levine argues convincingly that our modern depression epidemic is the result of a demoralized society. He integrates critical thinking about psychiatry, extensive clinical experience with clients diagnosed as depressed, and a refreshing look at the factors that affect our morale--alienation, consumerism, and spirituality. Highly recommended."--Jeffrey Lacasse, MSW, Visiting Lecturer, College of Social Work, Florida State University

"Levine is the smartest, most level-headed guy around when it comes to depression, and it comes from years of clinical practice, not ivory-towered theory."--Kirkpatrick Sale, contributing editor for The Nation and author of The Fire of His Genius: Robert Fulton and the American Dream and After Eden: The Evolution of Human Domination

"Unlike pharmaceuticals, this book is an anti-depressant that works. When depression is a reaction to a depressing culture, all the drugs in the world can't numb us to the truth that health--whether mental, physical, or spiritual--is about wholeness. This is the message we should be getting from our preachers, politicians, doctors, teachers, and therapists. What a rare, welcome, and timely message."--Rev. Davidson Loehr, author of America, Fascism, and God

"Levine's holistic approach, bolstered by plenty of scholarship and popular literary references, will give depression patients a useful big-picture perspective."--Publishers Weekly

"Bruce Levine exposes our unhealthy way of life. He argues convincingly that modern medicine--marvel that it is--cannot save us from the pains and struggles that come with living and dying. His is a trenchant, though not ideological, critique of 'powers and principalities' that prey upon depression, powers that have greatly increased in our lifetime. His simple calls to restore lost communal and personal practices ring true. I plan to share this book with church members fighting depression or tempted to despair."--Rev. Randy Cooper, United Methodist pastor (Ripley, TN)

"Surviving America's Depression Epidemic offers a fresh perspective on what ails America, the 'community malnourishment' that fuels dispirited morale, disconnectedness, and a frantic search for meaning. Dr. Levine challenges us to look past diagnoses and labels, reminding us that community and horizontal connections inherently offer the balance with which our souls can be nourished, helping us discern lasting paths to healing and wholeness in American life."--Rabbi Lewis H. Kamrass, Isaac M. Wise Temple (Cincinnati, OH)

"While Surviving America's Depression Epidemic is an excellent self-help book, it is not just for the clinically depressed. This well-conceived and researched book illuminates the general malaise tinting the canvas of our lives and validates the background of unhappiness inherent in our contemporary lifestyles--a background often mislabeled as pathological. We are all trying to survive this epidemic. The book is empowering, energizing, and provides a road map to greater psychological health, motivation, and fulfillment."--Stuart Shipko, M.D., author of Surviving Panic Disorder

"Surviving America's Depression Epidemic inspired me as I was reading it and a few days later I even notice that some of my own ideas and behaviors have actually changed. There are many brilliant insights throughout, forgotten in our modern helping culture. The book would be just as--or even more--useful for helping professionals as for laypersons. It's the best self-help book I've ever read and I'd recommend it to anyone. What makes the book so valuable and interesting... is that Bruce links the most private personal troubles to the most complex socio-economic trends, without trivializing either dimension. Rather he constantly engages the reader, revitalizes, and inspires one to want to transform oneself and the world. Is there anything more to ask for?"--Professor David Cohen, College of Social Work, Justice, and Public Affairs, Florida International University and co-author of Your Drug May Be Your Problem: How and Why to Stop Taking Psychiatric Drugs

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bruce E. Levine

Bruce E. Levine, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and has been in private practice since 1985 in Cincinnati, Ohio. His most recent book is Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite (2011). He is also the author of Surviving America's Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy (2007), and Commonsense Rebellion: Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations, and a World Gone Crazy, and has authored a chapter for Alternatives Beyond Psychiatry. Dr. Levine has been a regular contributor to AlterNet, Z Magazine, and The Huffington Post and his articles and interviews have been published in Adbusters, The Ecologist, High Times and numerous other magazines. He is an editorial advisor for the Icarus Project/Freedom Center Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs and on the editorial advisory board of the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry. Dr. Levine has presented talks and workshops to diverse organizations throughout North America. www.brucelevine.net. Visit Bruce's blog on The Huffington Post at www.huffingtonpost.com/bruce-e-levine/.

AUTHOR EVENTS

August 22, 2015

Bruce Levine at National Association for Rights, Protection, & Advocacy

900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001 | Bruce E. Levine
Bruce Levine will keynote at the National Association for Rights, Protection, & Advocacy on August 22nd. This conference will take place in the Embassy Suites at the Washington DC Convention Center from August 20-23rd. Full Conference Registration is $425, the half-day fee is $75, and the full day fee is $175 per day. Hotel accommodations are available at Embassy Suites via NARPA for $139 (sgl/dbl).

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Polls show that the majority of Americans oppose recent US wars and Wall Street bailouts, yet most remain passive and appear resigned to powerlessness. In Get Up, Stand Up, Bruce Levine offers an original and convincing explanation for this passivity. Many Americans are deeply demoralized by decades of oppressive elitism, and they have lost confidence that genuine democracy is possible. Drawing on phenomena such as learned helplessness, the abuse syndrome, and other psychological principles and techniques for pacifying a population, Levine explains how major US institutions have created fatalism. When such fatalism and defeatism set in, truths about social and economic injustices are not enough to set people free.

However, the situation is not truly hopeless. History tells us that for democratic movements to get off the ground, individuals must recover self-respect, and a people must regain collective confidence that they can succeed at eliminating top-down controls. Get Up, Stand Up describes how we can recover dignity, confidence, and the energy to do battle. That achievement fills in the missing piece that, until now, has undermined so many efforts to energize genuine democracy.

Get Up, Stand Up details those strategies and tactics that oppressed peoples have successfully employed to gain power. We the People can unite, gain strength, wisely do battle, and wrest power away from the ruling corporate-government partnership (the "corporatocracy"). Get Up, Stand Up explains how.

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