Unbreak Our Hearts

A new history of depression poses the question of where politics ends and illness begins.

Depression is murky. Though the presence of guilt and self-recrimination distinguishes depression from serene nothingness, as a subjective experience it is often described in negative terms: as emptiness, lack, disconnection. In Prozac Nation Elizabeth Wurtzel claimed depression is characterised by ‘an absence of affect, absence of feeling, absence of response, absence of interest.’ Indeed, depression […]

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