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“What will I do?” – Depression and the trick to keep breathing

Imke Pannen (Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Assistant in the Department of English, American and Celtic Studies, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany)

Mental Health Review Journal

ISSN: 1361-9322

Article publication date: 16 September 2011




This paper seeks to analyse a popular novel with regard to the topic of depression.


The paper provides a parallel account of psychological and literary interpretation of a novel depicting a patient suffering from depression.


The paper gives an account of a patient with experience of suffering from depression.

Research limitations/implications

The limitation of this paper lies in its analysis of only one novel with regard to depression.

Practical implications

This novel could be used for people suffering from depression.

Social implications

This is an account of life/socio‐cultural experience of a patient.


Greater insight into proceedings and the experience of a patient could mean possible usage for psychotherapists.



Pannen, I. (2011), "“What will I do?” – Depression and the trick to keep breathing", Mental Health Review Journal, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 113-117.



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