Andrew Solomon’s Nationwide Guide Award-profitable, bestselling, and transformative masterpiece on melancholy—“the Guide for a era, elegantly written, meticulously researched, empathetic, and enlightening” (Time)—now with a huge new bankruptcy protecting lately presented and novel therapies, suicide and anti-depressants, being pregnant and melancholy, and a lot more.

The Noonday Demon examines melancholy in non-public, cultural, and medical phrases. Drawing on his personal struggles with the sickness and interviews with fellow victims, docs and scientists, coverage makers and politicians, drug designers, and philosophers, Andrew Solomon finds the delicate complexities and sheer ache of the illness in addition to the explanations for wish. He confronts the problem of defining the sickness and describes the huge vary of to be had medicines and coverings, and the affect the illness has on quite a lot of demographic populations—world wide and all over historical past. He additionally explores the thorny patch of ethical and moral questions posed by means of organic motives for psychological sickness. With unusual humanity, candor, wit and erudition, award-profitable creator Solomon takes readers on a adventure of incomparable vary and resonance into essentially the most pervasive of circle of relatives secrets and techniques. His contribution to our working out now not simplest of psychological sickness but in addition of the human situation is in point of fact surprising.