5 Myths About Depression We Need to Shut Down Immediately

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5 MYTHS ABOUT DEPRESSION WE NEED TO SHUT DOWN IMMEDIATELY

Allison Abrams

So long as misconceptions about mental illness persist, so too will stigma.

Depression, like art, can never be adequately described in words alone, though Andrew Solomon(link is external) comes close in his memoir Noonday Demon. In it, he writes:

I felt as though I had a physical need, of impossible urgency and discomfort, from which there was no release—as though I were constantly vomiting but had no mouth. My vision began to close. It was like trying to watch TV through terrible static, where you can’t distinguish faces, where nothing has edges. The air, too, seemed thick and resistant, as though it were full of mushed-up bread.

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