Tag Archives: Mental Health

1321: Kleptomania

In Some Observations Made in Travelling Through France, Italy, &c. in the Years 1720, 1721 and 1722, Edward Wright relates being told in Florence about one of Dante’s bad habits: This great man, we are told, had a most unhappy … Continue reading

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1737: Anti-Depressant

     It has been often related, and generally believed, that Philip V King of Spain, being seized with a total dejection of spirits, which made him refuse to be shaved, and rendered him incapable of attending council or transacting affairs … Continue reading

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1915: Impermanence

In 1915, Sigmund Freud published a short essay, “On Transience,” in which he addresses in a succinct and poetic way the ideas he had developed for his book Mourning and Melancholia (1917). For Freud, these two states—mourning and melancholia—are different … Continue reading

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1991: Won’t Get Off the Ground

Anselm Kiefer: Melancholia (1990-1991).  Made of lead, glass, steel, and ash. Found here.

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1869: The Well of Well-being

From P. W. Joyce’s Origin and History of Irish Names of Places (Dublin: McGlashan and Gill, 1869): In the parish of Kilgobban in Kerry, about eight miles west of Tralee, is situated the beautiful valley of Glannagalt; and it was … Continue reading

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1895: Melancholy

Magnus Enkell: Melancholie (1895) (source)

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