September 8, Day 24

photo 2-5Because depression is so unpleasant and so impairing, it may be difficult to imagine that there might be another way of thinking about it; something this bad must be a disease. Yet the defect model causes problems of its own. Some sufferers avoid getting help because they are leery of being branded as defective. Others get help and come to believe what they are repeatedly told in our system of mental health: that they are deficient….People still feel inclined to whisper when they talk about depression. Depression has no “Race for the Cure”; this condition rarely spawns dance marathons, car washes, or golf tournaments. Consequently, the lacerating pain of depression remains uncomfortably private.” – Jonathan Rottenberg, from The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic.

Read more on the language and science of depression in Maria Popova’s article, “The Unaddressed Business of Filling Our Souls: Mood Science and the Evolutionary Origins of Depression.”

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