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  • Published: 11 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473558915
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

A Cure for Darkness

The story of depression and how we treat it




The definitive story of depression - from its history to its cutting-edge future - by a young scientist discovering his own very personal family history of darkness.

Shine light on the darkness of the mind.

When scientist Alex Riley was diagnosed with depression after years of struggling with his mental health, he set out to learn more about his family’s hidden history of mental illness. What he found, from symptoms to treatments, from stories of stigma to those of hope, brought even more questions: why and howare these the treatments available, what have they done for us, and what might the future hold for sufferers of this ubiquitous disease? In A Cure for Darkness, a very personal history of depression, he seeks the answers to these vital questions about the inner workings of our minds.

From the ancient Greeks to Freud, and from therapy rooms to the Prozac revolution, A Cure for Darkness takes us on a compelling journey packed with fascinating stories and deep insight. Leading us to new frontiers in deep brain stimulation and psychedelics, it also offers us extraordinary hope for the future of the illness.

  • Published: 11 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473558915
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

About the author

Alex Riley

Alex Riley is a scientist and writer based in Bristol whose work has appeared in publications including Nautilus, Hakai, Aeon, PBS’s NOVA Next, New Scientist, and the BBC. He has a masters in Zoology and previously worked for the National History Museum.

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