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Not waving but drowning: Are we leading lives of quiet despair?

This blog was written by Mark Tyrell at Uncommon Knowledge and has been reposted with permission. “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” – Henry David Thoreau Not waving but drowning Stevie Smith Poet Stevie Smith wrote this now-famous poem after recognizing the metaphorical potential in the story of a man who drowned […]

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What is depression?

A number of symptoms make up a diagnosis of depression including appetite reduction, feelings of worthlessness and little interest in life. However the most central and obvious symptom is low mood. Many people suffer brief episodes of depression. When an individual suffers repeated episodes of depression and those episodes last longer and longer, the depression […]

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