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Points of departure 

Points of departure
Points of departure

Christopher Dowrick

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date: 20 June 2021

Chapter 1 reflects on a set of questions whose answers may not be as obvious as we would like to suppose. What do we mean by the word ‘depression’? What purpose does it serve? What effect does it have on how we understand and treat people, and, more importantly, on how they come to make sense of themselves?

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