Existential Perspectives on Depression and Despair

Depression and Despair are explored creatively in this article in the New York Times (28/10/09) by Gordon Marino – highlighting the existential perspectives by Kierkegaard. The following quote from the article says:

‘These days, confide to someone that you are in despair and he or she will likely suggest that you seek out professional help for your
depression. While despair used to be classified as one of the seven deadly sins, it has now been medicalized and folded into the concept of
clinical depression. If Kierkegaard were on Facebook or could post a You Tube video, he would certainly complain that we, who have
listened to Prozac, have become deaf to the ancient distinction between psychological and spiritual disorders, between depression and
despair’.

PDF of original article here

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