According to a new book by Carl Bernstein, Hillary Clinton, suffered from bouts of depression. Bernstein’s new expose, A Woman in Charge, details how she showed “persistent signs of melancholy” when she was a student and quotes a White House adviser saying she was “deeply depressed” in 1994, a year after her husband, Bill, became president. Such bouts are understood in the parlance of depression as “Situational Depression,” depression caused by a particular situation.
Bernstein’s book also delved into Senator Clinton’s complex relationship with her disciplinarian father, her early development of deep religious feelings, as well as her life at Wellesley and Yale Law School where her political ideals took shape. It also attempts to deconstruct her courtship with Bill Clinton and the amazing dynamic of their marriage; and how she was instrumental in the triumphs and troubles of Bill’s governorship and presidency. It also details her successful run for Senate and remarkable rise to a dominant role in the Democratic party, shedding light on her political brilliance as well as her blind spots.
The book goes on to state that Mrs. Clinton’s “emotional state” was “as fragile as it had ever been” in late 1994 after her close friend Vince Foster had committed suicide, her father had died, and her healthcare proposals had been rejected. It quotes David Gergen, then a senior Clinton aide, said,: “I don’t know whether she was seeing a doctor or not but she was depressed.”
Bernstein suggests that Mrs. Clinton experienced recurring “February depression” as a college student where she confided to Don Jones, a Methodist minister, as she would for the next three decades, including the year of her husband’s impeachment.