A sea of distress

Josef Parnas

in Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry II

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Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780199642205
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754777 | DOI:

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

A sea of distress

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Depression is declared by the WHO as the most burdensome mental disorder. Maj's chapter touches therefore upon the issue of immense societal importance. In this commentary, I will focus on: (1) the borders of depression, i.e., primarily, on a dividing line, if such exists, between affective and bipolar disorders on the one hand, and the schizophrenic spectrum disorders, on the other, and (2) the issue of heterogeneity of depression versus the “true” depression. This second section will touch upon the question of melancholic depression as a paradigmatic true depression.

Chapter.  1995 words. 

Subjects: Psychiatry

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