Depression, The Secret We Share by Andrew Solomon
“…I found myself losing interest in almost everything. I didn’t want to do any of the things I had previously wanted to do, and I didn’t know why. The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment. Everything there was to do seemed like too much work…
And one of the things that often gets lost in discussions of depression is that you know it’s ridiculous.You know it’s ridiculous while you’re experiencing it. You know that most people manage to listen to their messages and eat lunch and organize themselves to take a shower and go out the front door and that it’s not a big deal, and yet you are nonetheless in its grip and you are unable to figure out any way around it.And so I began to feel myself doing less and thinking less and feeling less. It was a kind of nullity.”
I’m sharing this because I think that in one way or another, I’m able to help those who have felt the way I have. I may not have been diagnosed and be clinically depressed, but I do know the feeling of holding sadness over a prolonged period of time, to the point that it eats you up inside and leaves you feeling lost and paralyzed.
I do hope this video gets more views over time – especially by the ones who need it.