How Everyone Became Depressed

The rise and fall of the nervous breakdown

Struggling in the Trenches

GP/psychotherapists are struggling today. They’re committed to making their patients better, just like the old-time family docs. But if talk therapy needs to be supplemented with meds, the meds available to them – the Prozac-style “antidepressants” – are not very effective. Read More

"Depression" v. Unhappiness

I think this article makes an extremely important point that has long been overdue - viz. that what is often diagnosed - for whatever expedient reason - as "depression" is really nothing of the kind. When my doctors tell me I suffer from depression, I always comment, "But I don't feel depressed" - because I don't! Now that I have the explanation for this apparent anomaly - thanks to this article - I hope I can get on with my life in the knowledge that my condition is not nearly so serious - as I had sensed all along.

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Edward Shorter, Ph.D., is the Jason A. Hannah Professor in the History of Medicine at the University of Toronto.


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