Dimensions of Depression

Mostly I’ll be writing about the kind of depression people get in the second half of life, but I was moved by a this recent blog post about post-partum depression, which is eloquent and… well, beautiful, actually.

There are tangible and intangible aspects to depression. The intangibles revolve around stress: coping with bad things that have happened to you, coping with the expectations of others in light of your expectations of yourself, dealing with developmental phases, and dealing with spiritual issues such as your search for meaning.  The tangible features typically revolve around genetics.  For example, defects of the serotonin transporter gene cause the Continue reading