Andrew Solomon: Stigmatizing the mentally ill
Mr. Solomon has heard this wrong-headed chatter most of his life. But rather than shy away from it, the journalist and best-selling author wrote a book detailing his own struggles with depression. It's called "The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression".
He has become a vocal advocate for more progressive attitudes about depression, so that sufferers can step out of the shadows, and get the help they need.
So it was with some shock and dismay, that Mr. Solomon learned about Ellen Richardson, the Canadian who was turned back at the U.S. border recently because she had been hospitalized for depression.
Andrew Solomon wrote about the incident in the New York Times, and talked about his concerns with Michael Enright.