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ANDREW SOLOMON

5 Myths About Depression We Need to Shut Down Immediately

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Originally posted on Psychology Today. Depression, like art, can never be adequately described in words alone, though Andrew Solomon comes close in his memoir Noonday Demon. In it, he writes: “I felt as though I had a physical need, of impossible urgency and discomfort, from which there was no release—as though I were constantly vomiting but had no mouth. My vision began to close. It was like trying to watch TV through terrible static, where you can’t distinguish faces, where nothing has edges. The air, too, seemed thick and resistant, as though it were full of mushed-up bread.” Through metaphor and allegory, Solomon draws a vivid picture of the ineffable, as have writers and artists throughout history, from the paintings of Edvard Munch…

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TED Talks: Andrew Solomon on Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

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Thanksgiving is all about family and the stress and joy that come with reconnecting. Family is also the theme of Andrew Solomon’s “Love No Matter What” talk from TEDMED 2013, in which he explores the ways family and identity develop in the face of extraordinary circumstances. Solomon shares the deeply personal stories of parents whose children are different from them in surprising and poignant ways—children living with what society views as disabilities, gifted children, troubled children, children whose inner identities pushed cultural norms. The result is a touching look at how families negotiate love and acceptance for their children, and the importance of embracing identity. Solomon’s sometimes funny, sometimes heart-wrenching talk is one of the most inspiring TED has to…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Joe Wenke and The Human Agenda: Conversations about Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

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In THE HUMAN AGENDA, LGBTQI advocate Joe Wenke speaks with some of the community’s leading change agents. In these wide-ranging and probing conversations, amazing people share their personal and professional stories along with their profound commitment to freedom and equality. GISELE ALICEA, (AKA GISELE XTRAVAGANZA) fashion model: “Transgender people are real people. We have mothers. We have fathers. . . .We have families. We have somewhere that we came from.”  ASH BECKHAM, speaker and advocate: “It’s really hard to not empathize with someone that you have a human connection with.” IAN HARVIE, comedian: “It is brave to be yourself.” DR. CARYS MASSARELLA, emergency physician: “Being transgender is not biologically hazardous.” CARMEN CARRERA, performer and fashion model: “We are one human…

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Andrew Solomon and Dr. Joe Wenke discuss how our differences define us

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Andrew Solomon is a writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology as well as an activist and philanthropist on behalf of LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. His latest book, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, has won many awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. His previous book, “The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression,” won the 2001 National Book Award for Nonfiction JOE WENKE: Far From the Tree addresses a profound question: Is difference the foundation of human identity, even if the difference-making element is a disability or is widely denigrated or pathologized? In your opening chapter, “Son,” you make an extraordinary connection between your experience growing…

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