Depression

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…

Nimoy and Shatner in ‘The Man Trap’, the first episode of Star Trek (September 1966)

Close encounters on the starship Enterprise

5 March 2016 9:00 am

For a show with a self-proclaimed ‘five-year mission’, Star Trek hasn’t done badly. Gene Roddenberry’s ‘Wagon train to the stars’…

Always prone to depression: David Astor c.1946

David Astor: the saintly, tormented man who remade the Observer

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Before embarking on this book, Jeremy Lewis was told by his friend Diana Athill that his subject, the newspaper editor…

Guest room: we each play host to 100 trillion microbes

What’s bugging you now? The amazing potential of our bodies’ own bacteria

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Scientists hope the body’s trillions of bacteria can help us beat disease says Dr Trisha Macnair

Joan Bakewell: on socks, fridge magnets, teddy bears and such stuff

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I don’t know if this counts as name-dropping, but I recently interviewed a boyhood friend of Elvis Presley’s in Tupelo,…

Charles Moore’s Notes: cheap trickery in the Economist’s assisted dying campaign

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Because, it says, of its ‘liberal values and respect for human dignity’, the Economist has put out a film about…

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Manhattan

Woody Allen: a life of jazz, laughter, depression —and a few misdemeanours

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg), the prolific, Oscar-winning auteur, New Orleans-style jazz clarinettist, doyen of New York delicatessen society,…

Smartphones are wonderful – until they take over your life

25 July 2015 9:00 am

The smart phone is a wonderful thing. We are never out of touch anymore, neither with friends nor with the…

Edward Thomas: the prolific hack (who wrote a book review every three days for 14 years) turned to poetry just in time

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Edward Thomas was gloomy as Eeyore. In 1906 he complained to a friend that his writing ‘was suffering more &…