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Abramović, Marina, 112–13. See also
art: performance
academia: and acedia, 86; and anxiety,
18, 29–33, 34, 35, 38–39, 204; and
being stuck, 26; and class, 18–19,
141, 144, 149; corporatization of,
17–19; and creativity, 17–19, 22–23;
and depression, 22, 102–3, 141; and
feeling, 80–81; and job market,
19, 30–32, 36; and mania, 103; and
political depression, 80–81; and
racism, 124
acedia, 24, 70, 85–92, 104–13, 137, 146,
152, 201, 222nn3, 4, 5, 6, 228–29n54,
and affect, 85, 105; definition and
etymology, 85–88, 110; and despair,
89, 110; and left melancholy, 105–9;
and medical model of depression,
89, 90, 102, 104; and melancholy, 89,
104–6; and mourning, 105; as noon-
day demon, 86, 89; physical mani-
festations of, 85; and political de-
pression, 105–6; as spiritual despair,
86, 110–11, 229n62; and spiritual
practice, 104. See also Cassian, John;
left melancholy; political depression;
Solomon, Andrew; spirituality
activism, 29; and acedia, 86, 105, 108–
9; Aids, 37, 60–61, 80, 108, 159,
194–95; and being stuck, 26; and
political depression, 80–81; queer,
60–61, 80, 108–9, 206–7, 210
Act up, 44, 60–61, 108–9
affect: and acedia, 85–86; and af-
fective turn, 3–5, 8–9, 157, 214n6,
216n23; distinctions between affect,
emotion, and feeling, 3–6; negative,
5–6, 105, 116; politics of, 10, 19, 107,
133, 136, 172, 190; positive, 5–6; reli-
gious, 110, 199; secular, 199. See also
emotion; feeling
Against Depression (Kramer), 100–101,
223n12, 224n16, 228n51
Agamben, Giorgio, 105, 110–11
Aids, 15, 26, 194–97; and activism, 37,
60–61, 80, 159, 194–95; and melan-
choly, 108–9; and mourning, 80;
and spiritual practice, 196. See also
Act up; Bordowitz, Gregg
Alexander, Jacqui, Pedagogies of Cross-
ing, 25, 120–21, 133–41, 147–48,
151–52, 197–98, 201, 234n31
antidepressants, 78, 165, 167, 223nn12,
13; critiques of, 16, 95–98, 140, 223–
24n14, 224n21, 225n32; history of,
97–100; and the medical model of
depression, 92–100; and public de-
bate, 92; revolution, 92, 93, 100.
See also pharmacology; Prozac
anxiety: and academia, 18, 29–32, 34,
35, 38–39, 204; and acedia, 112;
and antidepressants, 67; and asso-
ciation with “depression,” 14, 18,
79, 157–58; and bodily practices,
82; and creative practices, 82; and
the home, 82, 156–57; and impasse,
20, 166, 200; and left melancholy,
108; physical experience of, 29–31,
34–35, 36, 44; and race, 118, 124,
160; and spirituality, 200, 208; as
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