This seminar will take a largely clinical perspective on the mental health problems of depression and anxiety. We will examine the traditional definitions of these diagnoses from the DSM and raise questions about the nature of diagnosis and the way diagnoses change over time. We will look at how differently depression and anxiety are understood and treated given differences in gender, race, culture and age. Finally, the course will touch on past and present treatment of depression and anxiety. Theoretically we will focus on the psychoanalytic and cognitive behavioral understanding and treatment of depression and anxiety. Case studies will help us make sense of theoretical insights.