Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Written to the Tune of Shan Po Yang and Depression

What does clinical depression mean?

Depression ranges in seriousness from mild, temporary episodes of sadness to severe, persistent depression. Doctors use the term "clinical depression" to describe the more severe, persistent form of depression also known as "major depression" or "major depressive disorder." Signs and symptoms of clinical depression may include:
  • Loss of interest in daily activities
  • Persistent sadness or feeling of emptiness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Loss of concentration
  • Fatigue
  • Suicidal thoughts and behavior
Now here's the money question: If a Western doctor was dropped in the middle of premodern CHina, how many Chinese poets would he diagnose as clinically depressed?


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3 Comments:

Grand Master - 108 Tongues, Bustout! Family said...

heh.

Grand Master - 108 Tongues, Bustout! Family said...

also: hmmmmmmm.

Kelly McLaughlin said...

Assuming a lack of language and inter-cultural skills necessary to conduct the interviews, the answer would be: None? Those same behaviors observed at a distance without the ability to conduct in-depth interviews and to make clear cross-cultural associations would probably result in calling those poets "mystics" or "exotic."

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