Are You Depressed?

As I emerge from the holidays into January I usually experience a bit of a letdown. I’m used to it. I’ve learned to prepare something new and at least a little exciting for January so I have that to look forward to which helps to mitigate this feeling.

I can relate to many parts of the video. At least two times in my life I “toyed with” depression. Perhaps I was depressed and just didn’t want to admit it. The first time was when my mother died in 2005 and the second time was when my son died in August of 2012.

I’m learning about depression, though, even as I struggle to make my way through it (I don’t plan to stop here – I’m passing through!) Like the video suggests, there are answers when you look for them (and it outlines many) Seek and ye shall find.

I’m learning that there are as many ways through depression as there are people who experience it; that it is not a terminal state of being. And I’m noticing that having people around who understand I’m not as happy as I could/should/used to be helps to draw me through.

Fight it. Whatever form this takes for you – don’t give up. Your guarantee of recovery from depression is a will that says You. Will. Not. Give. Up.

Besides, there is a reason you are here – something no one else can fulfill but you. You’ll find your way. Life at its worse is often a prelude to life at its best, much as we can’t see that at the time.

Have you ever dealt with depression? What helped you find your way through?

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About The Author


I am passionate about writing and community building. I’ve written a book about healing and happiness, The Happy Place, as well as a Community Building book, Sounding the Drum: Community Building in the Digital Age, now available at any Amazon store. I’ve been through life changes that I thought were the end of my world, but I’m still here. I never know what will happen next. Isn’t that what makes life interesting?