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

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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