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Mental Health Experts Review Their Favorite Depression Books

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015.

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, by Andrew Solomon

“This is the most accurate and vivid description of depression that I have ever read,” says Dr. Srijan Sen, professor of depression and neurosciences in the department of psychiatry at the University of Michigan. “People who struggle with depression often report that depression ‘feels’ qualitatively different than sadness, that somehow you can tell when a medication stops working, and that in a suicidal state, everything can seem hopeless even if your life seems fine to someone looking at you from the outside. Because of his own experience and his facility with words and analogy, Andrew Solomon is able to articulate how those experiences feel in such a way that they are understandable to those who have not suffered through the experiences themselves.”

(To read the complete list of recommended books on depression, please visit U.S. News & World Report.)