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Articles by Andrew Solomon: Depression & Suicide

Sep 2013

An Avoidable Tragedy

The story coming out of D.C. is of a man at war with himself and with the world around him, and unfortunately that latter war carried the day.

Aug 2013

Smug About Suffering

Review of "Cracked," by James Davies, and "Our Necessary Shadow," by Tom Burns.

Mar 2013

The Brutal Years

Review of "Sticks and Stones," by Emily Bazelon.

Dec 2012

Anatomy of a Murder-Suicide

If we want to stem violence, we need to begin by stemming despair.

Jun 2011

On My Mother, and Dr. Kevorkian

To allow her to die as she wished, we had to lie, and cheat, and break the law, and that behavior was antithetical to the way we had and have lived.

Jul 2010

To an Aesthete Dying Young

The world with Terry was a world full of other people; the world without Terry is a world from which he alone seems to be missing.

Mar 2009

The Lure of a Birthright

For anyone who has been depressed, Plath's description rings astonishingly true.

Nov 2008

Ontology of a Suicide

For Woolf, all experience is permanently suffused with relentless vitality and blunt tragedy.

Jan 2008

Depression, Too, is a Thing With Feathers

The depressed person often recognizes that it is ludicrous to feel so disabled by the ordinary business of quotidian life.

Nov 2007

Notes on Accepting Care

I considered myself a caretaking person, but I had no idea what solicitude really entailed until I had been its object.