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September 03, 2006

Against Depression

By Peter D. Kramer

Depression, linked in our culture to a long tradition of "heroic melancholy," is often understood as ennobling -- a source of soulfulness and creativity. Tracing this belief from Aristotle to the Romantics to Picasso, and to present-day memoirs of mood disorder, Peter Kramer, a clinical professor of psychiatry at Brown University and the author of the best-selling Listening to Prozac, suggests that the pervasiveness of the illness has distorted our sense of what it is to be human.

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