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Is This What Depression Looks Like?

In this edition of Annals Graphic Medicine, the author/artist imagines what depression looks like inside himself and wonders, “Is this the black dog of depression I've read about?”

Use this guideline to:

  • Consider your reaction to these images.
  • Do the images make you think differently about patients with depression? How? Does it alter you impression of what is and is not within the control of the patient?
  • Do such graphic depictions help us to foster our sense of empathy in ways that differ from other experiences?
  • Might sharing these images with a patient who has depression be helpful? Might it be hurtful?

Annals of Internal Medicine is the premier internal medicine academic journal published by the American College of Physicians (ACP). It is one of the most widely cited and influential specialty medical journals in the world.

Back to the April 2018 issue of ACP IMpact