The Work of Mourning

Darian Leader on Freud’s theory of depression.

Vincent Van Gogh — At Eternity’s Gate

In recent years, it has been widely reported that the illness known as ‘depression’ has reached epidemic proportions in the United States. A 2020 report by the National Center for Health Statistics tells us that in 2018, an ‘estimated 7.2% of American adults had a major depressive episode in the past year’, while between 2015–2018, 13.2% of adults…