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> These symptoms are not vague.

Of course they are. And there's a lot of variability in diagnosis between practitioners. Some even say that depression isn't really a disease at all.

There is an excellent book on this topic that I cannot recommend highly enough:

Title: "Manufacturing Depression: The Secret History of a Modern Disease"

Link: http://books.google.com/books?id=U-lvlVSGeEEC

Quote: (about Congitive-behavioral therapy) “a method of indoctrination into the pieties of American optimism, an ideology as much as a medical treatment.”

Here's a discussion of the book (and topic) at the New Yorker entitled "Head Case": http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2010/03/01/100...

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