Reviews and Blog Posts: MENTAL HEALTH

A LETHAL INHERITANCE: A MOTHER UNCOVERS THE SCIENCE BEHIND THREE GENERATIONS OF MENTAL ILLNESS

A Lethal Inheritance

When science journalist Victoria Costello was told that her 17-year-old son had paranoid schizophrenia, she began a ten-year odyssey to research how genetics and environment are predictors of mental illness and substance abuse.

Part memoir and part handbook, A Lethal Inheritance is a highly readable reckoning of Costello's two sons' mental illness, her own undiagnosed depression and the discoveries she made while trying to help them and herself.

Manufacturing depression : the secret history of an American disease

by Gary Greenberg

DPL Rating:
5

Because of the book's topic, for some reason, I expected it to read a little like social commentary and a bit of self-help, but much to my delight, this book by a psychotherapist reads like great science writing. He presents research tracing the creation of depression as pathology and exposes...

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