46. The Art of Seeing Depression 3

The following is an excerpt from a book by Tom Wootton called The Depression Advantage, continued from Post 43.

“When I went into depression the first time, all I saw was darkness and pain. At the time, I thought it was unbearable, but looking back and comparing it to some of the far deeper hells I have experienced, it was

really nothing.

“As My perception has grown, I am beginning to ‘see’ things I never knew were there: good insights, lessons, and personal growth. In ‘seeing’ clearly, I notice that now depression doesn’t affect me so negatively.

“On a scale from one to five, I used to think of a five as experiencing no depression at all, and a one as so deeply depressed that I would attempt suicide. I thought four was a little painful, three even more, and two almost unbearable.

“Each time I experienced depression, it became clearer to me. I began to redefine what depression was, based on the features that I could now ‘see’ more clearly. My scale began to change, from a scale based on pain, to one based on a much richer perception of what was going on. I still define a five as ‘having no symptoms,’ and a one as ‘so difficult that I try to kill myself,’ but four, three, and two have become a rich and varied landscape.

“I have also come to understand the significant difference between those who have ‘situational depression,’ caused by outward circumstances, and those who have what I consider ‘true depression,’ caused by mental illness. I have learned to articulate that clearly enough to make a difference in the lives of both those who are truly depressed and those who love and support them.”

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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