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A retired university teacher with NO professional training in depression but lifelong experience of the disease, Bill Stott will spell out three current understandings of depression’s cause: chemical, electrical/visual/systemic, and existential. He will discuss some of the cures currently available, all of which work for some people, none for all.
A recent NYT article suggests that a cure for anxiety, panic attacks, and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), the last of which Bill has also suffered from and which he considers related to his depression may soon be available.
From his recent listservings, Bill calls attention to the following, which he will allude to in his talk:
· Light Therapy Highly Effective for Major Depression [http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/854857]
· Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Facts and Misconceptions [very interesting about bipolar illness] http://reference.medscape.com/features/slideshow/seasonal-affective-disorder?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=205600MX
· Extraordinary 27-minute video of a 24-year-old Belgian woman, “Emily,” preparing for medically assisted suicide to relieve her mental suffering. Belgium is one of two countries where doctors are permitted to assist in the suicide of hopelessly depressed people. The film shows the doctors Emily works with. http://films.economist.com/?cid1=cust/noenew/n/n/n/20151116n/owned/n/n/nwl/n/n/LA/email
According to his bio on Amazon.com, which has been edited for space, William Stott—“Bill” to everyone who knows him— . . . worked for the U.S. State Department doing propaganda (then called “cultural relations,” now “public diplomacy”) during the Cold War 1960s; his posts were Dakar, Senegal, and Fez and Rabat, Morocco.
He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale and taught for 30 years at the University of Texas at Austin. Along the way he was a Fulbright lecturer in London (1980-81) and Leiden (1986-87); gave talks—generally under U.S. government sponsorship—in more than a dozen countries; published five books (two in collaboration with his friend John Lee); and wrote several others he still hopes to do something with.
He lives much of the time in Santiago, Chile, with his wife and her daughter. We at First Parish are lucky that he journeys to the Northeast Kingdom every couple of years to visit his sister and talk with us.
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