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Why are so many middle-aged women cursed by depression? | Margaret Drabble | Comment is free | The Observer

January 10, 2010

An interesting article in The Observer:

So, is depression fashionable or is it unmentionable? Is it a taboo or a mark of distinction? Is a confession an act of exhibitionistic self-indulgence? Its not clear whether we think we run risks by ignoring it or whether we talk about it too much. It is obviously unwise for politicians to admit openly to depression, at least while they are in or seeking office, and dentists and doctors dont often own up to it, although many suffer from it. I was told by a reliable source that the suicide rate for dentists in the United States is higher than that in any other profession, yet most dentists appear to be quite jolly. Its all right for actors, performers, writers, artists and women to admit to weakness, because they arent responsible and they dont count.

via Why are so many middle-aged women cursed by depression? | Margaret Drabble | Comment is free | The Observer.

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