Louis Menand reviews a couple of new books which deal with the subject of depression and writes :
“what has changed is not the number of people who are clinically depressed but the definition of depression, which has been defined in a way that includes normal sadness.”
It’s worth reading the article- of course- to do it justice but it it’s got people blogging on the nature of depression and whether millions and millions of dollars are being spent on “returning” people to a state that isn’t natural .
Or to put it a better way, that depression is a sane response to a crazy world.
So, is happiness “normal” and it’s the rest of us who haven’t been – or aren’t – that are abnormal? (to declare an interest, i have been treated on and off for many years because of depression ).
Even people who say they’re happy and contented might wish for something they can’t have, a time they’ve left behind or someone they miss.
So is happiness a natural state ?
Here’a a New York Times article on the upside of depression in case this piece has, well, depressed you.