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Listen: Andrew Solomon on why depression can be as serious as heart disease

The award-winning author speaks to Sameer Rahim about his mental health struggle

By Sameer Rahim  

Andrew Solomon ©Annie Liebovitz

When it comes to depression we suffer from a poverty of language. So argues Andrew Solomon in conversation with Prospect’s Arts and Books Editor Sameer Rahim. Solomon’s award-winning book The Noonday Demon, which analyses the history of depression and the author’s own mental health problems, has just been re-issued in the UK with substantial new material. Solomon wonders why we use the same word to describe an unhappy child as we do for a suicidal woman. As with physical illness, he argues,…

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