Investigate the vastly complex “condition” of depression by viewing it from various perspectives. The modern clinical approach to understanding the course and symptoms of depression—the disease model—describes depression broadly and abstractly. Philosophy, especially existential and Buddhist philosophies, view depression as a perspective an individual may possess. Finally, literary perspectives provide a deeper vision into individual experience of depression. Highlighted works will include Darkness Visible by William Styron and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Throughout the course, we will explore social and historical influences on understanding depression.
Recommended reading: Darkness Visible, William Styron; The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath