Book Review – Good Mood Bad Mood

Is it possible that almost 90% of the people in American who are diagnosed with clinical depression are diagnosed incorrectly? It is possible that most of these people are really just going through a natural process of normal sadness that happens to most people when they suffer loss of one kind or another? The stakes in a massive misdiagnosis of thousands of people for the same illness are huge. The section of the drug industry that produces medication related to helping people cope with medical depression, bipolar and the like is vast, well-funded and has a lot at stake in the continual diagnosis of these diseases. Through varied sorts of advertisements, one could draw the conclusion that a lot of people could be, and are suffering from medical depression and the like. In fact, it is estimated that over 25% of Americans at any given time are believed to be suffering from depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. (p. 20) No doubt there are people who genuinely suffer from an abnormal type of sadness that is sometimes unexplained such that it is proper to call it a disease and treat it accordingly. I know of three family members and long-time friends who have dealt with depression and bipolar. This issue is very real to me and I have put a lot of thought into understanding the disease, diagnosis and treatments....

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