A Brief History Of Depression (poem)

The Greeks suspected humors,
Unbalanced, caused depression;
The Stoics, faulty thinking;
The early Church, possession.

Renaissance philosophers
Thought depth it might imbue;
Enlightenment physicians
Took a mechanistic view.

The Romantics sang its praises;
Then along came Neurasthenia;
But then we came to realize
It is not like schizophrenia.

Then of course the talking cure–
Freud sure was a hit;
But if that failed, some ECT
Might cheer you up a bit.

The medications multiply;
The DSM gets bigger;
We still don’t seem to really know
What makes some pull the trigger.

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(Inspired by “Leashing the Black Dog: The History of Depression.”)

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One Response to A Brief History Of Depression (poem)

  1. TJ says:

    “Though medications multiply and DSM gets bigger…” Just a suggestion

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