There’s No Silver Bullet When It Comes to Depression

I am reblogging this to secure more feedback.


“Depression is a condition that is almost unimaginable to anyone who has not known it. A sequence of metaphors– vines, trees, cliffs, etc.– is the only way to talk about the experience…. Let us make no bones about it. We do not really know what constitutes depression. We do not really know why certain treatments may be effective for depression. We do not how depression made it through the evolutionary process. We do not know why one person gets a depression from circumstances that do not trouble another. We do not know….”

–Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
(Scribner, 2001, p.29)

I want to investigate the influences on my life that may have predisposed me to depression. I don’t think the roots of my depression are with my mother and my father– they may go back as far as my grandparents and great-grandparents. I think the conditions under…

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