Making Sense of Depression
Depression ... what is it? A neurochemical imbalance? An illness? A sad feeling? A loss of will? A creative state of being? Something else? Is it reducible to any one of these? Perhaps it is irreducibly all of these and and more? We bring together materials here that we hope will contribute to finding new and more useful ways to think about depression, with the assumption that it is indeed something that fundamentally requires a number of different perspectives to be better understood, and that new stories about it are essential to getting it less wrong.
"It is a weakness rather than a lowness of spirits which troubles me... a coldness and desertion of the spirit"
|David Hume: A Letter to a Physician|
|"People approach issues of mental health from a variety of different perspectives and using a variety of different terminologies... Our ambition here is to contribute to the development and continuing evolution of such critical syntheses."||Models of Mental Heatlh: A Critique and Prospectus|
|"How much of a difference should it make to health care - and health insurance - if a condition is physical or mental?... The problem, of course, is that many of us still tend to think, as the Times puts it, that 'The mind and the body, while linked, are separate. They exist independently, perhaps mingling but not merging'..."||The mind-body problem: In theory, in life, in politics|
|"Such a story of depression as an unconscious/conscious dissocation provides a straightforward explanation of why both pharmacotherapy and talk therapy can be therapeutically effective..."||Exploring depression: drugs, psychotherapy, stories, conflicts, a conscious/unconscious dissociation?|
Depression: From the Inside
A conversation about experiencing depression - "If depression is genuinely 'psychodynamic' important aspects of it may be invisible except to those actually experiencing it. With this possibility in mind, we here provide excerpts from a conversation about depression among three people..."
Re Exploring depression: "Notes on Stigma and a combo of therapy and meds for me" - "I lived, not only in a dark cloud of my mother’s deep depressions, but I developed what I call 'the illness of stigma'..."
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