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Articles by Andrew Solomon: Depression & Suicide

Oct 2001

Analyze This, Pronto

Review of “Out of Its Mind: Psychiatry in Crisis,” by J. Allan Hobson and Jonathan A. Leonard

Jul 2001

Living with Depression

Depression is the flaw in love. To be creatures who love, we must be creatures who can despair at what we lose, and depression is the mechanism of that despair.

Jul 2001

The Hidden Plague

Gay people experience depression in hugely disproportionate numbers. It is our community’s unacknowledged plague.

May 2001

I’m Not Mad. Or Am I?

An excerpt from "The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression".

May 2001

A Cure for Poverty

What if you could help end people's economic problems by treating their depression?

Apr 2001

The Longest Night

People travel from all over West Africa to take part in the mystic ndeup ceremonies practised by the Lebu people of Senegal. I decide to undergo the ritual.

Apr 2001

The Dying of the Light

An excerpt from “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression”.

Oct 1999

An Epidemic of Death

Review of “Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide,” by Kay Redfield Jamison.

Jan 1998

Anatomy of Melancholy

Depression afflicts millions of American each year, and many don't know where to turn when it strikes. The author recalls the greatest struggle of his life.

May 1995

A Death of One’s Own

Is it right to want to die? The author came to his own conclusion when his ailing mother decided that she had had enough.