Comedian Robin Williams’s death in August rocketed depression into the headlines, and his suicide became a defining moment when the nation would finally reckon with depression.
But this reckoning never happened.
Memes are inventive, provocative, and attention-grabbing. Ironically, a profusion of angry, silly memes is likely to do more for our public conversation about depression than many rounds of sober sloganeering. Read More
We have many fine literary accounts of depression. A good example is Styron's Darkness Visible, which I heartily recommend as nicely conveying depression's foreign awfulness. But, in my view, not half as well as this incredible blog called Hyperbole and a Half. Read More
The long run outcome of deep depression is typically cruel: Depression leaves a dull hangover of residual symptoms in its wake. Episodes of deep depression are prone to recur. Yet a subgroup of sufferers beats these odds. Read More
While depression is often recurrent, there is a suprisingly large and special subgroup of the depressed who defy the odds and have only a single lifetime episode. A recent analysis by Scott Monroe and Kate Harkness estimate that about half of those with a first episode will *never* have a return of depression in their lifetime. Read More
We know quite a bit about why and how people fall into depression. From negative thinking to stressful environments to poor ways of coping to gloomy temperaments, falling in is no great mystery. But why and how do people pull out of depression? Read More
From Albania to Zanzibar, countries differ in many ways--in their history, culture, ethnic makeup, climate, and economic power, among others. Do countries also differ in their psychiatric health? In their propensity to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or schizophrenia? This is a simple question, but one that is surprisingly challenging to answer. Read More