In What Way is Depression Painful?

Depression is not normally a condition that is associated with pain. When we think of pain, we might think of the acute pain of stubbing your toe, the more sustained and intense pain of breaking… View Post

The Other Effects of Depression Besides Being Sad

Depression is a mental disorder that has many misconceptions, and one of them being that it just means that you feel sad. However, there are quite a few symptoms of depression that can be just… View Post

What It’s Like to Lose Your Vitality and Identity During a Depressive Episode

The writer Andrew Solomon is best known for his book The Noonday Demon, a harrowing personal account of clinical depression. In it, he captures the essence of the condition in one sentence: “The opposite of… View Post

The Phenomenology of Depression: What It’s Like When the ‘Dark Fog’ Descends

Phenomenology is a philosophical movement, founded by Edmund Husserl (1859 ­– 1938), which concerns itself with direct experiences. Phenomenologists study the nature of consciousness as it is experienced subjectively in the first person. Through systematic… View Post

Why It’s Difficult to Recover From a Depressive Episode

Depressive episodes vary in length. One person may experience the symptoms of clinical depression for a month, whereas, for another, the episode could last a year. The real cruelty of depression, however, lies in the… View Post