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From Melancholia to Depression

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Book Series: Mental Health in Historical Perspective ISBN: 9783030548025 Year: Pages: 234 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-54802-5 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: History --- Medicine (General) --- Psychiatry
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This open access book maps a crucial but neglected chapter in the history of psychiatry: how was melancholia transformed in the nineteenth century from traditional melancholy madness into a modern biomedical mood disorder, paving the way for the emergence of clinical depression as a psychiatric illness in the twentieth century? At a time when the prevalence of mood disorders and antidepressant consumption are at an all-time high, the need for a comprehensive historical understanding of how modern depressive illness came into being has never been more urgent. This book addresses a significant gap in existing scholarly literature on melancholia, depression, and mood disorders by offering a contextualised and critical perspective on the history of melancholia in the first decades of psychiatry, from the 1830s until the turn of the twentieth century.

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