Depression

How to beat the autumn blues

7 September 2019 9:00 am

You know that awful, gnawing, depressing feeling you’ve got right now? The one that notices how shockingly early the sun…

Shot of a focused young man cleaning the surface of a table with cleaning equipment at home during the day

Taking pride in household chores really can ease depression

31 August 2019 9:00 am

There are many books about what it’s like to live with mental illness and the aftermath of child sexual abuse.…

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From bitter loss to sweet relief: baking as therapy

24 August 2019 9:00 am

This is a gentle, lovely book. It will, I’m sure, appeal to many an aspiring cook and baker, and should…

A novel about depression that doesn’t depress: Starling Days, by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, reviewed

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan has achieved that rare feat, in her second novel Starling Days, of writing a convincing novel about…

Why are children so fearful about the future?

8 December 2018 9:00 am

For any bosses from the Singapore education department reading this, I have a message. It comes from (I’d guess) most…

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If only we could hibernate all winter

3 November 2018 9:00 am

As travel writer, nature writer, memory retriever and, I would add, prose-poet of mesmerising lyricism, Horatio Clare is a celebrant…

Six wintry days in Saratoga Springs: Upstate by James Wood reviewed

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Alan Querry, the central figure in James Wood’s second novel, is someone who, in his own words, doesn’t ‘think about…

Antidepressants saved me – but they made my mental health worse

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Treating my depression has proved a hit-or-miss affair

Do one in four girls aged 14 really suffer from depression? Probably not

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Are British teenagers suffering from an epidemic of mental illness? Yes, according to a ‘government-funded study’ which found that 24…

Spare a thought for the boys in blue

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Described by the publisher as a ‘moving and personal account of what it is to be a police officer today’,…

In praise of Prozac

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Chez Frank is a popular local boar-hunters’ bar, tobacconist and general store at a lonely crossroads in the forest. It…

When a pitch-black child’s closet is the place to be

29 April 2017 9:00 am

I went to a barbecue. Everyone was patient and well disposed towards the silent, depressed, two-toed sloth in their midst.…

I’d rather be depressed than develop a buffalo hump

22 April 2017 9:00 am

When I was depressed 20 years ago, the (then) new antidepressant drug Prozac sorted it easily. It took six weeks…

‘Gas’, 1940, by Edward Hopper

The good, the bad and the ugly: RA’s America after the Fall reviewed

25 February 2017 9:00 am

The latest exhibition at the Royal Academy is entitled America after the Fall. It deals with painting in the United…

Hostelling Scientology-style

25 February 2017 9:00 am

I stepped off the train in Barcelona at 7.30 in the evening and followed directions to the hostel. The February…

Dinner with Enoch Powell's postman

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Dr Ivan Mindlin was the in-house casino doctor at the Stardust in Las Vegas in the early 1970s. Mention any…

How to cure depression

28 January 2017 9:00 am

‘If life is a race, I feel that I’m not even at the starting line,’ I said to the doctor…

The therapeutic effects of Modafinil and a mob doctor

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Still depressed, or, as Matthew Arnold put it, ‘the foot less prompt to meet the morning dew’, I got out…

I couldn't bring myself to say 'depression'. And the GP wouldn't give me an appointment

7 January 2017 9:00 am

On the Monday before Christmas, the black dog came around again and I couldn’t get out of bed. I lay…

Depression torments riders at every level

29 October 2016 9:00 am

‘He’s such a good competitor. He works so hard and he deserves it,’ said his predecessor Lewis Hamilton after Nico…

A man with dementia is a man in tune with the times

22 October 2016 9:00 am

In 1999 I went to the doctor about the impotence. Don’t worry, he said. I have good news for you.…

Can dogs cure depression?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Monty Don, the television gardening presenter, always comes across on screen as irrepressibly cheerful and enthusiastic, but this is a…

The Pill has been linked to depression. Why isn’t this more of a scandal?

8 October 2016 9:00 am

A new study shows that women taking hormonal contraceptives have a greater risk of depression. Why isn’t this more of a scandal?

What’s to blame for a generation of desperation?

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Youth is wasted on the young, for the most part, and thank God for that. There’s nothing grislier than a…

Imagine Me Gone: a novel about depression that isn’t at all depressing

25 June 2016 8:00 am

If it was not yet ‘The Age of Anxiety’ in 1947, when Auden published his long poem of the same…