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Author Andrew Solomon candidly discusses his struggle with depression, sharing insights and research about acceptance, resilience and treatment. getAbstract recommends his poetic, rhythmic, moving lecture to anyone wishing to learn more about the debilitating condition.

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Author Andrew Solomon won a National Book Award for The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.



Depression can drain your vitality, making small tasks seem like ordeals. It can cause you to lose interest in life. As it progresses, depression can become a piercing yet vague anxiety. Such were speaker Andrew Solomon’s experiences following several painful losses. One day, he found he couldn’t get out of bed. Therapy and medication helped him recover, but he relapsed repeatedly. He eventually realized he would need both treatments for life. Unlike grief, which is “explicitly reactive,” depression doesn’t ease with time. And

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