Lincoln's Melancholy

Lincoln's Melancholy

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Drawing on seven years of his own research and the work of other esteemed Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nationa€™s worst crisis in the a€œcoping strategiesa€ he had developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies. With empathy and authority gained from his own experience with depression, Shenk crafts a nuanced, revelatory account of Lincoln and his legacy. Based on careful, intrepid research, Lincolna€™s Melancholy unveils a wholly new perspective on how our greatest president brought America through its greatest turmoil. Shenk relates Lincolna€™s symptoms, including mood swings and at least two major breakdowns, and offers compelling evidence of the evolution of his disease, from a€œmajor depressiona€ in his twenties and thirties to a€œchronic depressiona€ later on. Shenk reveals the treatments Lincoln endured and his efforts to come to terms with his melancholy, including a poem he published on suicide and his unpublished writings on the value of personala€”and nationala€”suffering. By consciously shifting his goal away from personal contentment (which he realized he could not attain) and toward universal justice, Lincoln gained the strength and insight that he, and America, required to transcend profound darkness.... 111 recurrence of episodes of, 42 resistance to acknowledgment of, 81 of Sherman, 203 social withdrawal as feature of, ... also Fatalism Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders forerunners of, 78, 235 and Lincolna#39;s breakdown, anbsp;...

Title:Lincoln's Melancholy
Author: Joshua Wolf Shenk
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 2006-10-02

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