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Eradicating Depression

Starry Night by Vincent van GoghThere is a half-formed mutant meme knocking around that the psychiatrist, Peter Kramer, wants to destroy. This idea seems to have popped up that perhaps we don’t want to completely eradicate depression because some of the greatest artists and leaders have been depressives. Would Van Gogh have been able to knock out those masterpieces if he had been on Prozac?

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Kramer is determined to fight the battle against those who think that depression is not really a proper disease, but somehow part of the human condition.
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