I’ve been incredibly busy lately and haven’t had time to write, but I read this article and thought it was fascinating.
I am amazed that Lincoln accomplished so much with depression that was so severe that his housemate had to hide the shaving razors from him.
I also wonder what his life–and history–would be like if Lincoln had had modern medicine and effective anti-depressants.
“No element of Mr. Lincoln’s character,” declared his colleague Henry Whitney, “was so marked, obvious and ingrained as his mysterious and profound melancholy.” His law partner William Herndon said, “His melancholy dripped from him as he walked.”
I have sometimes felt that way. Anyone else?