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Articles by Andrew Solomon: Depression & Suicide


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.

Aug 2014

Depression is a Disease of Loneliness

A lack of friends can suck someone into solitude – sharing the language of affection could help to ease the pain.

Aug 2014

Suicide, a Crime of Loneliness

It often seems as if those who are most exuberant experience despair in proportion to their joy.

Mar 2014

The Reckoning

The father of the Sandy Hook killer searches for answers.