309. Fame, Fortune, and Depression


Robert O’Donnell was a paramedic who saved a young girl fallen into a well. He was famous, and he loved all the attention. When the attention ended, he fell himself – into clinical depression. Eight years after his 15 minutes of fame, he shot himself.

The spirit of depression lurks about fame and fortune. Finish college, and depression waits. Have a baby, earn your first million, win a lottery ticket; the list goes on and on. Ambrose Bierce wrote: “achievement is the death of endeavor and the birth of disgust.”

This lurking depression doesn’t strike everyone who achieves fame or fortune: it strikes those who find meaning outside themselves. An inside meaning is the way to keep depression away. God loves you whether you are a success or a failure. You are His son or daughter. Now that’s real fame and fortune, the kind that sticks with you in all the ups and downs of life.

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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One Response to 309. Fame, Fortune, and Depression

  1. Robert Farquhar says:

    Astute observation; excellent suggestions!

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