Andrea Mantegna Presentation at the Temple (Detail)

The Quiet Crisis of Chronic Depression

Chronic depression, also known as dysthymia, is supposed to be a milder but longer lasting form of the illness than the more episodic and severe variety known as major depressive disorder. Yet I have come to believe that no form of diagnosable depression should be called “mild.” My concern is not about the accuracy of these terms according to a standard measurement scale. I worry about the effect that words […] Read the rest»