Anomie, accidie, tristesse—have we lost the words for sadness?

Is sad so bad?

As a person with chronic depression, I can only say “What a good question!”

While we have an increasing grasp of depressive illness and can treat it these days (and am I grateful for that!), Mary Kenny asks whether we have lost some of the rich vocabulary of sadness or “forms of low mood”, and says,

Depression may also be melancholy: it may be discouragement, disappointment, abandonment, sadness, sorrow, mourning, rejection, regret, anxiety, grief, obsession, introspection, loss, separation, loneliness, isolation, alienation, guilt, loss of hope, temperamental woe and simple, pure, unhappiness.

Read it all here, including the comments.

h/t Bridges and Tangents

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