The Phenomenology of Depression: What It’s Like When the ‘Dark Fog’ Descends

“‘People talk about the way disembodied spirits roam the world with no place to park themselves, but all I can think is that I am a dispirited body, and I’m sure there are plenty of other human mollusc shells roaming around waiting for some soul to fill them up.’ Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation.”

Sam Woolfe (freelance writer and blogger) has written:

“Phenomenology is a philosophical movement, founded by Edmund Husserl (1859 ­– 1938), which concerns itself with direct experiences. Phenomenologists study the nature of consciousness as it is experienced subjectively in the first person. Through systematic reflection on experiences from the first person point of view, Husserl believed we could better understand the structures of consciousness and the essential features of experiences.

Karl Jaspers (1883 – 1969) imported phenomenology into psychiatry, believing that this method or style of thought was necessary to advance the field of psychiatry. Jaspers taught that psychiatrists should focus on phenomenology before they diagnose and treat their patients. Indeed, by creating a systematically accurate description and understanding of a patient’s experiences, both inner and outer, a psychiatrist could more reliably diagnose a patient’s mental health condition …”

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