Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share
Andrew Solomon - Writer
Andrew Solomon writes about politics, culture and psychology. Full bio
flashing on my answering machine,
I'd have to get the food out
over in November, I can do it."
second, the way that does,
of my lying and staring at it,
through a concentration camp,
access to good treatment.
or a philosophical cure?"
you're functioning a little better,
that experience some years later --
named Maggie Robbins —
things my mind was saying,
those existential questions
to write about my depression,
her such advice as I could.
this wouldn't make any sense,
kinds of therapy that worked,
about what's worked for them.
she had tried pretty much everything,
and hoped I would tell the world,
at alternative treatments,
my experience to someone,
Western mental health workers,
right after the genocide."
to get people's blood going.
relatives you never knew?'
poor people with depression.
distributed in the population,
and that's not being treated
come in for other health problems
of the experimental protocol.
pull the covers over my head,
this experimental protocol,
all together and everything.
the covers pulled over my head,
The New York Times Magazine
the very bottom rung of society
continuous with normal sadness?"
with normal sadness.
the house for 100 years
until that day 20 years ago
About the speaker:Andrew Solomon - Writer
Andrew Solomon writes about politics, culture and psychology.
Why you should listen
Andrew Solomon is a writer, lecturer and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University. He is president of PEN American Center. He writes regularly for The New Yorker and the New York Times.
Solomon's newest book, Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change, Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years was published in April, 2016. His previous book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity won the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction, the Wellcome Prize and 22 other national awards. It tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. It was a New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback editions. Solomon's previous book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, won the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction, was a finalist for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize and was included in The Times of London's list of one hundred best books of the decade. It has been published in twenty-four languages. Solomon is also the author of the novel A Stone Boat and of The Irony Tower: Soviet Artists in a Time of Glasnost.
Solomon is an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. He is a member of the boards of directors of the National LGBTQ Force and Trans Youth Family Allies. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia University Medical Center, serves on the National Advisory Board of the Depression Center at the University of Michigan, is a director of Columbia Psychiatry and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. Solomon also serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yaddo and The Alex Fund, which supports the education of Romani children. He is also a fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University and a member of the New York Institute for the Humanities and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Solomon lives with his husband and son in New York and London and is a dual national. He also has a daughter with a college friend; mother and daughter live in Texas but visit often.
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