42. The Art of Seeing Depression

The following is an excerpt from a book by Tom Wootton called The Depression Advantage. He has been most gracious in allowing me to put anything from this book on my blog. I read The Depression Advantage near the end of my five years of major depression, and it was an “aha” book for me. Once I learned to accept the condition I had, the fear of it was gone. After that, my quest was to discover the tools to manage depression, and I have. 

“I was convinced there was nothing good about depression: period. My struggle to find any good in depression seemed as hopeless as my despair while in it…My own depressions, getting deeper and more frequent as I grew older, were screaming at the idiocy

of trying to find any good in the experiences. It seemed only a fool would look for any good in something so obviously devoid of even the smallest ray of light.

“It took several years of deep introspection and contemplation to slowly come to grips with the possibility that I might find at least some ray of hope in depression. There had to be a lesson in it. At the least, my awareness and understanding of depression were increasing each time it happened, and with each new study I undertook.

So strong was my belief that I could find the Depression Advantage, that I became blind to the reality that, at the time, the good was just not there. And then one day I found it! In an instant, my life changed drastically. I sat down, feverishly typing to capture the thought.”

To be continued

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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