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The Faces of Depression in Literature

Edited By Josefa Ros Velasco

The Faces of Depression in Literature brings together some of the best-known specialists and scholars on the topic of depression in literature worldwide to offer a multidisciplinary approach concerning the philosophical, theological, and literary narratives of depression over time and their approximations to the current, clinical understanding of Major Depressive Disorder. The authors clarify the background of depression by paying attention to its representation through these narratives and revalue them as a means of acquiring knowledge in an interdisciplinary way. This pioneering initiative fills the knowledge gap that still exists concerning the nature of depression from a multidisciplinary perspective that takes into account some cross-cutting narratives. The authors give voice to the forgotten manifestations of depression found in literature, philosophy, theology, and even early medical works. The Faces of Depression in Literature is for graduates and researchers on depression from a cultural and social point of view, including philosophers, historians, cultural theorists, literature and art experts and enthusiasts, as well as artists and writers themselves, specialists in mental health and cognitive psychology, and anyone interested in a better understanding of the human condition.
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4 Depression in the Literature of the Health Reform and Mental Hygiene Movement: An Example of Ellen G. White Writings (Pawel Zagozdzon (Medical University of Gdansk, Poland))

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4 Depression in the Literature of the Health Reform and Mental Hygiene Movement: An Example of Ellen G. White Writings

Pawel Zagozdzon

Medical University of Gdansk, Poland

Introduction

Ellen Gould White (1827–1915) was a productive author and Christian pioneer. Along with other Sabbath-keeping Adventist leaders, like Joseph Bates and her husband, James White, they formed what is now known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The health principles from Ellen G. White’s writings contributed to give rise to one of the most extended living people groups in the world—The Seventh-day Adventists. The health and longevity of the Adventists have attracted the interest of many public health specialists, who incidentally tend to focus more on the dietary and psychosocial determinants of the Adventist lifestyle.

The aim underlying this work is to present the phenomenon of depression as discussed in the works of Ellen G. White, as well as confront it with the current understanding of depression determinants, as seen in their medical context.

In the course of preparation of this chapter, a review of Ellen G. White’s works through the Ellen G. White Estate Writings Application (EGW Writings App) was carried out. The EGW Writings App enables one to read, annotate, and theme-search all the published writings of Ellen G. White online. It is available in 55 languages, including Polish, and it contains 122 books, 168 pamphlets, and hundreds of letters and manuscripts. The term depression,...

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