New Springer book out by Tullio Giraldi, Visiting Professor at GHSM: “Unhappiness, Sadness and ‘Depression’.  Antidepressants and the Mental Disorder Epidemic”

According to the World Health Organization, depression affects 350 million people, and by 2030 it is expected to be the largest contributor to disease burden worldwide.

unhappiness-sadness-and-depression.jpgThe new book by Tullio Giraldi, published by Springer and titled ‘Unhappiness, Sadness and ‘Depression’.  Antidepressants and the Mental Disorder Epidemic’examines existing treatments, legislation and research methodology of depression and exposes their limitations. The book offers an overview of, and engages with, the debate about where depression and unhappiness begin and end, responds to recent publications which take opposing views on psychopharmacology and depression, and discusses recent research on psycho-social support and intervention.

The apparent epidemics depression is analyzed in relation to the use of inclusive diagnostic criteria, which are almost invariably those of the American Psychiatric Association and which include people with normal emotional responses to stressful life events. Recent developments in popular and academic dialogue related to the use of antidepressants and recent increases in depression diagnosis are examined, together with the rise in prescribing antidepressants despite their links to suicide and unfulfilled promises of efficacy and safety.

Psycho-social support is presented as an effective alternative to antidepressants, particularly for less severe cases, as an effective, safe and cost effective intervention, which empowers the patients for effectively coping with the emotional challenges of today’s global reality.


Tullio Giraldi, Visiting Professor at GHSM

Tullio Giraldi is a pharmacologist and a clinical psychologist who taught for several decades as a Full Professor at the University of Trieste, where he is currently Eminent Scholar in the Faculty of Medicine. Tullio is currently Visiting Professor at GHSM , where large part of this book was researched and written.


Tullio is currently research for a new book project on the interventions based on mindfulness, which are becoming extremely popular for the treatment of mild forms of depression and mood disorders of existential nature.

You can contact Tullio Giraldi at and you can find more information about  the book here:

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