The Tragedy of Permanence -- Depression Myths Can Be Fatal

October 20, 2014 4:33 PM

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The Tragedy of Permanence -- Depression Myths Can Be Fatal

Writer Andrew Solomon refers to suicide as "...a permanent solution to a temporary problem." And when it happens, the inevitable conversations are held in private and public forums: "Why?" "What did he have to be depressed about?" "We've all felt depressed, we've all had tough times..." and so grows the distance between depression as feeling and depression as a disease.

Depression is an elegant disease. It presents itself quietly, humbly with no pretense of being anything more than a touch of sadness -- melancholy. Its elegance is seductive and persuasive -- and as sadness grows, the roots of its cause seem worthy of its growth. And at some point, one that isn't kn...

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