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Depression: We Need to Talk About It


Nucleus Mag

July 6 · Issue #15 · View online

Science and Culture Stories Curated by Journalist Dinsa Sachan

Recently, I had a heart-to-heart conversation about depression with a friend. We talked about his life-long struggle with the mental illness and the kind of coping mechanisms he has developed over time to deal with it.
I was very moved by the discussion. According to the World Health Organization, around 300 million people around the world suffer from depression.
Frankly, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Many people with the condition aren’t going to shrinks and getting diagnosed.
One reason that happens is because there aren’t enough healthy discussions about the condition. There’s still stigma associated with seeking therapy, especially in this part of the world.
In this week’s Nucleus Mag, I’ve handpicked stories about depression, especially the controversies surrounding anti-depressants. 

We need a healthy discourse on depression. Photo credit:
We need a healthy discourse on depression. Photo credit:
Antidepressants can raise the risk of suicide, biggest ever review finds
The pill that kills your sex drive
Are doctors overprescribing depression meds?
India: model for a new psychiatry?
14 movies about depression that perfectly capture the Experience
A stunning map of depression rates around the world
Have you heard of Anxy Mag? Launched recently, the crowdfunded magazine focuses on mental health issues and is beautifully designed. Publishing maven Zeba Talkhani grabbed a copy of their first issue. It’s theme is anger. Talkhani was kind enough to share her recommendations for Nucleus Mag readers. Subscribe to Anxy Mag mag here. 
She recommends We Must Name Our Anger by Ijeoma Oluo and The Ones You Love by Juli Fraga (not available online). “It’s about the trauma we face as children, especially from those who are supposed to protect us like our parents and how trying to reconcile is not always the best option,” Talkhani says of the piece. If you’ve got more time, also check out Between the Binary by Sara Corral, says Talkhani. It’s about being a non-binary person.
Talkhani was full of praise for the mag: “Each piece is illustrated by a different artist and on the whole the issue deal with our relationship with anger and how it isn’t always bad to feel angry as sometimes anger stops us from being complacent. Something we need to desperately avoid in the current political climate.”
I haven’t covered depression. I did, however, write this short piece about dating a person with depression for a wellness publication sometime back. I wonder what it is like to care for a loved one suffering from this condition. Do you have a closed one who has serious mental health issues? How do you cope? Please write to me with your thoughts and experiences. It’s a serious topic. Let’s discuss it.
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Until next week,
Dinsa SachanFreelance Science and Culture Journalist
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