In Post-Industrial Society, Women Are Either "Princess Crazy" Or Her Handmaidens

How many times has a dude accused you of being "crazy" when you think you're being perfectly rational? Well there's a new book out by Paris-born writer Lisa Appignanesi, Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800, which argues that women's so-called madness has been gerrymandered by shifting… »2/18/08 1:30pm2/18/08 1:30pm

What's The Difference Between A "Real" Depressive And A "Lazy" Pill Freak?

There's a major backlash a-brewin' against the use of psychotropic medication to battle depression, and the forthcoming book Comfortably Numb by Charles Barber, could easily be called the bible of that backlash. Barber, a psychiatrist, cautions against over-medication, and argues that, "anger, greed, laziness,… »1/29/08 4:30pm1/29/08 4:30pm

British Women Twice As Likely To Suffer From Depression; Three Times As Likely To Write About It

A trio of first person accounts about depression are coming out this year in England, causing Guardian scribe Stephanie Merritt (an author of one of the three memoirs) to call 2008 the year of the female depression memoir. These three books, Elle editor Sally Brampton's Shoot the Damn Dog, Lorna Martin's Woman on the… »1/07/08 12:00pm1/07/08 12:00pm