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Collective depression: its nature, causation and alleviation


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Bostock, WW 2007 , 'Collective depression: its nature, causation and alleviation', in B Warren (ed.), Suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune: international perspectives on stress, laughter and depression , At the Interface/Probing the Boundaries 31 , Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 1-13.

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Depression is a normal mental condition characterised by a sense of inadequacy, despondency, lack of vitality, pessimism and sadness. But depression can be a serious illness with the potential to become a world epidemic. Major depression is a condition that can cause an inability to function or even suicide but can remain undiagnosed.

Collective depression can be related to national trauma, that is, a shock felt by a very high percentage of a population. Other causes of collective trauma are political assassinations, episodes of genocide, acts of war, economic depressions, technological disasters, natural disasters, and uncontrolled pandemics. All of these events can trigger collective depression, either in a direct way, or by a more insidious process of gradual accretion.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Bostock, WW
Publisher: Rodopi
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