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Subjective Darkness: Depression as a Loss of Connection, Narrative, Meaning, and the Capacity for Se


EXISTENTIALISM, MORTALITY, AND THE HUMAN CONDITIONHIPPOCRATES AND HUMOURALISMARISTOCRATIC NOTIONS OF MELANCHOLIC TEMPERAMENTGALEN AND THE THEORY OF TEMPERAMENTSSTOICISM AND EMOTIONALITYDEMONIC POSSESSION, WITCHES, AND THE SIN OF MELANCHOLYTREATMENT OF DEPRESSION THROUGHOUT THE AGESWHERE ARE THE VOICES OF SUBJECTIVITY?SUBJECTIVE ACCOUNTS OF DEPRESSIVE EXPERIENCESUBJECTIVE DARKNESSI THEORETICAL EXPLORATION OF THE ORIGINS, MAINTENANCE, AND PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF DEPRESSIONOne Psychodynamic Interpretations of the Origin of DepressionDEPRESSIVE ROOTS: ATTACHMENT, MIRRORING, AND TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCESUNARTICULATED LOSS: PRESENT ABSENCE, ABSENT PRESENCENOTETwo Identity Formation. Subjectivity Within the Shadow of DarknessINTERNALIZED RELATIONAL SCHEMAS: THE SELF AS ITS OWN OBJECTALIENATION: THE SELF AS OTHERLanguage as Trauma—A Fatal Threat. The Rupture in Meaningful CommunicationMaintenance of DepressionDEPRESSION AS THE PRIMARY OBJECT: CYNICISM IS SAFE, HOPE CAN BE DEVASTATINGDEFENSE MECHANISMSFive Disconnection. Social RupturesRELATIONSHIPS DEFINE USLACKING AGENCY: WHEN EFFORT IS FUTILEGENDER DIFFERENCES AND THE MANIFESTATIONS OF DEPRESSIONTwo CASE STUDIES: SUBJECTIVE ACCOUNTS OF DEPRESSION Six Interpretative Phenomenology and Narrative ResearchSeven RichardBULLYING AND BECOMING THE OTHER: "I JUST DIDN'T HAVE THAT SOCIAL ABILITY."EXISTENTIAL MEANINGLESSNESS AND FAILURES OF SYMBOLIZATION: "IT'S UNSOLVABLE" AND "THIS IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE MY LIFE."FAMILY LIFE, DISCONNECTIONS, AND THE BURDEN OF SHARING: "IT'S JUST A BUNCH OF NOTES . . . FLOATING AROUND."DEPRESSION AND THE NECESSITY FOR DISCLOSURE: "IF I TELL SOMEONE MY LIFE STORY, THAT DEFINITELY IS PART OF IT."MAKING PEACE AND POSITIVE GROWTH: "I LEARNED HOW TO ACCEPT MYSELF AND I LIKE THE PERSON I AM NOW."NOTEEight JudyTHE CHAOTIC CLIMATE OF CHILDHOOD: "DO YOU LOVE ME?" "ARE YOU MAD AT ME?"THE EXPERIENCE OF DEPRESSION: "ON MY BAD DAYS . . . IT'S LIKE FALLIN' INTO A DARK CAVE."FAMILY SECRETS AND EXCLUSION OF THE OTHER: "YOU TOLD THEM BUT NOT ME. WHY?"NAVIGATING THE EMOTIONAL WORLD: "MY WHOLE FAMILY IS ALCOHOLIC."THE LOSS OF TED: "I AM NOW MY HUSBAND'S VOICE, AND I WILL CONTINUE TELLIN' MY HUSBAND'S STORY."CONCLUDING THOUGHTS: "THERE IS A REASON WHY I'M ON THIS SPECIFIC PATH."Nine LenaTHEORY OF ORIGINS: "I KNOW THAT THIS FEELING I HAVE, IT . . . GOES BACK TO . . . MY CHILDHOOD."INTERPERSONAL CONFLICTS AND FAMILY DYNAMICS: "WE ALL . . . VERBALLY ATTACK EACH OTHER."SHAME AND WORTHLESSNESS, ESCAPE AND REPETITION: "I FEEL GUILTY . . . ALL THE TIME, LIKE ASHAMED."ALIENATION AND MISRECOGNITION: "I WAS CONVINCED THAT I WAS THIS MONSTER."CONCLUDING THOUGHTS: "I THINK MAYBE I DID GO THROUGH A LOT."Ten SteveTHE IDEALIZED AND FEARED FATHER: "THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN THE WHOLE WORLD"INADEQUACY, WORTHLESSNESS, AND THE DENIGRATED SELF: "WHY ARE YOU JUST NOT AS GOOD AS EVERYONE ELSE?"ANXIETY AND FEAR: "I WAS ALWAYS WAITING FOR SOMETHING BAD TO HAPPEN."ALCOHOLISM: "I'M CONVINCED THAT MY NEED TO ESCAPE THE WORTHLESS FEELINGS THAT I HAD ABOUT MYSELF ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO MY ALCOHOLISM."MEDICALIZATION OF SYMPTOMS: "IT WAS LIKE SOMEBODY HAD PULLED UP A SHADE AND ALL THE SUDDEN, I COULD SEE THE WORLD."CONCLUDING THOUGHTSEleven AlexaA BREAK WITH REALITY AND THE LOSS OF MEANING: "I WAS LIVING IN A WORLD THAT I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND."SOCIAL DISCONNECTION: "I WAS AN ASSIGNMENT TO THEM . . . AND IT WAS THEIR JOB TO BE NICE TO ME."ANNIHILATION AND PERSECUTORY STATES: "THEY'RE TRYING TO KILL ME AND GET MY SOUL."EMOTIONAL TURMOIL, SELF-DENIGRATION, AND SUICIDALITY: "I CAN'T EXPLAIN THE TORTURES THAT I HAVE."CONCLUDING THOUGHTS
 
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