Getting up when you’re feeling down
A woman’s guide to overcoming and preventing depression
Okay, I think we can agree that a book on depression from 1988 is not going to be a helpful choice for a patron in 2020. Like many books from this time, the term depression was used in a less clinical way. Words like the “baby blues” or “feeling down” softened what could be a major depressive disorder. The feminist in me says of course women are depressed; they have no help and no matter what choice they make with respect to food preparation, child rearing, work in the home, work out of the home, etc. it will be criticized. Of course the result is depression and/or wanting to kick someone’s ass. Add in extra helpings of racism and sexism, and it is a miracle that most women get up and go to work. (Rant over, thank you for listening.)
These types of books were popular in the 1970s and 1980s. We have featured so many of these types of titles. Suggestions run from “have an affair” to lose weight and keep your man. It’s important that we treat depression as the medical condition it is.