Depression by Any Other Name

I came across a nice little article by the Irish author and journalist Mary Kenny from 2010, in which she writes about the multitude of other feelings and emotions with which depression is increasingly conflated.  She writes:

It is an accepted truth, in our time, that depression is an illness with a global reach. […] This new openness is a good thing. Yet in the process, are we losing something?

Perhaps Kenny isn’t entirely right about our “openness” about depression. Mental illness remains a stigma, although less so than it once was. But her brief excursus through the history of how we (and other cultures) deal with sadness and grief is well worth a read.


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