Over the past two decades, the use of anti-depressants in the United States has skyrocketed. One in ten Americans are now on various forms of anti-depressant medication; among women in their 40s and 50s, the figure is one in four and growing. Experts have offered numerous reasons, with depression the most common, and economic struggles only adding to stress and anxiety. But do we truly need all of these prescriptions or is over-diagnosis a real danger in our culture?
In Shunned: Outcasts in the Land, author Cynthia Hearne Darling takes a closer look at the anti-depressant industry and the dangers of an over-medicated society. Exploring what today's politically correct society deems worthy of 'shunning,' Darling takes mystery, murder and one of the most charged topics in medicine to weave a fast-paced thriller that resonates with readers on the deepest levels.
In this nail-biting, stark look at society's dependency on pharmaceuticals, Darling addresses:
What we really know about the anti-depressant industry and how it will affect society in the long-run
What today's society deems worthy of 'shunning,' what shunning entails and how it impacts the lives of the main characters
The existence of the fight of good versus evil and how it is fought in everyday life
How being 'different' in modern society can both isolate and band groups of people together