Carolyn Culbertson
Florida Gulf Coast University
It is common today to think about depression as an illness best understood and thus best managed by medical specialists. Indeed, the medical language of depression increasingly provides people with a way of signaling to others that what they suffer from needs no further elaboration. It is what it is: hormonal, genetic, a disease, words whose authority is all the more accepted the more they’re left up to specialists to interpret. Such an approach to managing sadness has its appeals. Insofar as such diagnoses can help people manage symptoms that make their lives unlivable, there is great value in them. And insofar as people suffering from depression feel overwhelmed and out of control of their symptoms, it is..
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