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  • n. Plural form of melancholia.


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  • In milder forms of neurasthenic disease, in cases of slight general depression not properly to be called melancholias, in the lesser grades of pure brain-tire, or where this is combined with some physical debility, I often order a "modified" or "partial rest."

    Fat and Blood An Essay on the Treatment of Certain Forms of Neurasthenia and Hysteria

  • But his take on these famous musical melancholias is an intriguing alternative to mainstream classical choices.

    Songs From The Labyrinth

  • Lord Byron thought seriously about suicide as well, although his droll wit often masked the depth of his true suffering his severe, often agitated melancholias are discussed further in chapter 5.

    Touched with Fire

  • Although we will be emphasizing the bipolar form of manic-depressive illness in our discussion of writers and artists, manic-depressive illness, in its European and historical sense, encompasses the severe, recurrent melancholias as well.

    Touched with Fire

  • Also accented, however, were the debilitating extremes of psychiatric illness psychosis or morbid depression, for example in contrast to the milder manic states and the more reflective, philosophical melancholias.

    Touched with Fire

  • His eyes looked as though they had seen many defections and melancholias.

    Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles

  • During the whole of the nineteenth century the radical division of neuroses and psychoses was accepted as a dogma; on the one side, one described epilepsies, hysterias, neurasthenias; on the other, one studied manias, melancholias, paranoias, dementias, without preoccupying oneself in the least with the connections those very ill-defined disorders might have the ones with the others.

    A Psychiatric Milestone Bloomingdale Hospital Centenary, 1821-1921

  • In former editions I have advised against any attempt to treat the true melancholias, which are not mere depression of spirits from loss of all hope of relief, by this method, but wider experience has convinced me that rest and seclusion may often be successfully prescribed to a certain extent and in certain cases.

    Fat and Blood An Essay on the Treatment of Certain Forms of Neurasthenia and Hysteria


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  • "All that seem solid: melancholias, idees fixes, eight years at the academy, Mr. Locke, this year and the next and the next--one like another--whee!--they are April zephyrs, were one a Botticelli, between their chinks, pink anemones."

    - "Kora in Hell: Improvisations", William Carlos Williams

    April 30, 2009