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Articles by Andrew Solomon: Depression & Suicide

Feb 2020


Feelings of acute nostalgia for a time to which you would dread to return.

Jun 2018

Preventable Tragedies

Get support. If you are thinking of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Oct 2017

Practical Advice About Bullying

For those who are being bullied, the key thing for them to remember is that bullying is not a show of strength but a show of weakness on the bully’s part.

Aug 2017

Gay and Depressed

Not a day goes by that I don’t have unsolicited correspondence from someone who is depressed and needs help, or from someone who is gay and suffering for it.

Jan 2017

Diving Into Hell

Merkin is capable of being at once melodramatic and finely nuanced; she has so many good phrases about depression that it’s hard to choose among them.

Oct 2016

Mental Illness Is Not A Horror Show

It’s the proximity of mental illness rather than its obscurity that makes it so scary. But it should be scary in a “fix the broken care system” way or in a “figure ...

Jun 2015

For Caitlyn, Coming Out Is Only the Beginning

Transgendered people face discrimination and mental health risks, but society can ease their path.

May 2015

Unbearable: The Secret Sadness of Pregnancy With Depression

Pregnant women often fear taking the antidepressants they rely on. But not treating their mental illness can be just as dangerous.

Sep 2014

Identity or Behavior: A Moral and Medical Basis for LGBTQ Rights

The rights of minority groups should not be predicated on their lack of choice.

Sep 2014

Depression and Pregnancy: The Terrifying Dilemma

It is not helpful when the complexity of the decision is belittled.