December 1998

Depression: Spirit of the age

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FALLING interest rates, collapsing confidence and sluggish activity all command the attention of economic policy makers. Seen in people rather than countries or markets, though, the same symptoms cause much less of a stir. That's why there is so little outcry about the fact that there are 330m people around the world suffering from depression, 90% of whom won't get adequate treatment. The disease afflicts more people than heart disease-far more than AIDS-and most cases are not even diagnosed.

Just a glass ... or two

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Did she often drink alone? Check. Did she often have several drinks in quick succession? Check. Did she often use alcohol as an escape from her troubles?