Mending the Mind: The art and science of treating clinical depression by Oliver Kamm
(Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2021)

Mending the Mind: The art and science of treating clinical depression

by Oliver Kamm

A deeply researched and highly original investigation into depression which argues the case for embracing both art and science in our understanding and treatment of the condition.

In 2014, Kamm experienced a period of deep and devastating depression, which left him unable to leave the house without real difficulty. He was able to make a slow but full recovery with treatment from a clinical psychologist and a course of antidepressant medication.

In Mending the Mind: The Art and Science of Treating Clinical Depression, Oliver Kamm draws on his own experience of the illness as a jumping off point to investigate depression. He then uses the work of other writers who have similarly suffered to illuminate the condition and explore the state of scientific remedies devised in treating it, arguing that both art and science have illuminated our modern understanding of this enduring affliction, and that in order to cope with clinical depression, we require a consilience of both.