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Why Is It So Hard To Talk About Depression?

"I've found a way to love my depression. I love it because it has forced me ... to cleave to the reasons for living." — Andrew Solomon

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Headspace.

About Andrew Solomon's TED Talk

Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon describes how he hid from — and eventually confronted — his own serious depression.

About Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon writes about politics, culture, and psychology. His most recent book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, tells stories of parents who have children coping with deafness, Down syndrome, schizophrenia and many other challenges — and who find deep meaning in their new roles.

Solomon's previous book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, won the 2001 National Book Award for nonfiction. Drawing from his own battle with depression, Solomon examines the illness in personal, cultural and scientific terms.

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