RICHARD COHEN'S PIECE "DARK VICTOry" was so accurate and touching {Critic at Large, September 16}. Several things stand out:

His point about the creative arts being a strategy against depression -- I believe they can also be a source of the same if used improperly or not used at all.

The underlying point he makes about the shame attached to this "malady."

His mention of the fear that often comes before and after depression strikes, and his apt comparison of depression to a criminal victimizing those it hits.


I BEG TO DIFFER WITH RICHARD COhen's views on depression. Much of what Mr. Cohen describes are the perfectly normal human emotions of feeling "blue," "low" or just underappreciated -- certainly not depression. I survived depression during my college days, and little of what Mr. Cohen articulates comes close to what I suffered: paralyzing panic and anxiety attacks; the inability to make even simple decisions, such as whether or not to eat; the feelings of inadequacy; the overriding sense of heaviness of spirit and body, of time moving in abrupt stops and starts, and ceasing its flow.

However, Mr. Cohen was correct in stating that you always wonder if "it" will return. I can't read my "depression era" journal or letters without pain. And while I should read William Styron's book, I don't think I care to revisit those lightless days. KATHY LUECKERT Dumfries

TRAIN STATION MIX-UP IN THE J STREET SECTION ON SEPTEMber 16, in the story about G.R.F. Key, the answer man, there was reference to the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Station at Sixth and B streets NW. That station actually was for the Baltimore and Potomac. JAMES R. CHURCHILL Alexandria

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