189. The Evening News

Depression is a strange and unpredictable affliction.

I have a friend who has been depressed since he was sixteen years old and one day settled into a moderate stage of depression he could live with most of the time.

He once told me of a time when he was in major depression and, even with antidepressants, was having a difficult time functioning. One evening, he was watching the 5:30 evening news by himself, deep in depression, when for no apparent reason, the depression suddenly lifted, and the darkness was replaced by light. It startled him.

The point of my telling this story is to never give up – never, ever give up. Just when you least expect it, your depression could lift like the curtain of a movie screen, and the dark of the night within you replaced by the light of a glorious day. Take heart. It could happen to you.

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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