Your Partner May Be Suffering Cynical Depression

Jennifer E. Engen

It doesn’t appear in the DSM, yet cynical depression is everywhere these days, concealed by chronic resentment, anger, entitlement, inflated ego, self-righteousness, dogmatic zealotry, chronic envy, abuse of substances, or, in its most soul-destroying form, abuse of loved ones. What clinicians describe as refractory depression—persistent and treatment-resistant—is often cynical depression. […]