The Hours

Depression in Women.

It is important for psychology students and mental service professionals to understand human emotions; The Hours (2002) could be very helpful for this matter.  According to Oltmanns and Emery (2012), The Hours describes the interwoven stories of three women, all of whom are battling depression: author Virginia Wolfe who is writing the novel Mrs. Dalloway in 1923, a pregnant housewife who is reading this same novel in 1951, and a publisher who, in 2011, seems to strangely be living the life of the main character in Wolfe’s novel.

Sadness may be the price that we pay for attachments to other people. Losses are inevitable, and we all endure the pain that comes with them. Beyond relatively short-lived feelings of grief and sorrow, prolonged sadness can grow into something much more debilitating. Everyone’s life contains the potential for despair. Some people are able to work their way through it, but others become overwhelmed. When it reaches higher levels of intensity and begins to interfere with a person’s ability to function and enjoy life, a low mood is known as clinical depression. In this chapter we will consider emotional disorders that involve prolonged periods of severe depression (Oltmanns & Emery, 2012, p. 102).


Oltmanns, T. F. & Emery, R. E. (2012). Abnormal psychology (7th ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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