The Nation: The Most Common Mental Disorder

DEPRESSION is such a commonly used term and such a frequently experienced mood that there probably would have been no great national concern if it had been learned that Thomas Eagleton had merely sought medical help to shake such a state of mind. But the revelation that his condition had been considered by some doctors clinically serious enough to require electric-shock treatments twice sounded alarming. To many people, that smacks of a radical, frightening assault on the brain that would only be used in desperate circumstances. In fact, both the illness and the...