38. Starting to Understand Depression and Anxiety

The following passage is from Too Late in the Afternoon: One Man’s Triumph Over Depression.  Mitch Jasper, the protagonist of the story, is the one speaking from the vantage point of being two years removed from what he is writing about.

In reading this part of my “Struggle Journal,” it was evident I was starting to understand anxiety and depression for what it really was—a malady of the mind that would take many pages of a calendar

 to heal. The relationship of brain chemistry, circumstances, struggles of the soul, and spiritual well-being were so intertwined that re-establishing balance in my life was complicated and time consuming. It was a struggle, a fight against a powerful enemy threatening to destroy me. I had to be ever watchful, ever wary, keeping my enemy at bay every waking minute, patiently waiting to come out on the other side.

In looking back, Mitch was able to see that triumphing over depression was a matter of intertwining the three threads of body, soul, and spirit. I know I have written about this before – and I will be writing about it again. Until a person with depression gets clear in his/her mind that medication for the body is not enough, that adding psychotherapy helps build a more firm foundation, and dealing with the spiritual being that is in all of us makes that foundation solid, that person is not operating on all cylinders that will heal him/her.

I found that it was indeed complicated and time consuming. It took five years for me to figure it out. Now a sound body, soul, and spirit keep the enemy of depression at bay for me. In the next posting, we’ll see that Mitch eventually sees depression as a friend.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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