He wraps depression with words to enable those who have depression to feel understood and validated and affirmed. No, you are not crazy, you are not alone, and you definitely are in remarkable company in your struggle with depression.
He explains depression to those who have never experienced it so as to have them understand…maybe for the first time, the devastatingly crippling nature of depression.
He gives hope as he discusses treatment. He advocates for actively pursuing treatment:
People will come to me and say, “I think, though, if I just stick it out for another year, I think I can just get through this,”
And I always say to them, “You may get through it, but you’ll never be 37 again. Life is short, and that’s a whole year you’re talking about giving up. Think it through.”
On trying to resist depression, deny depression, or decide that one just doesn’t have it:
Shutting out the depression strengthens it. While you hide from it, it grows. And the people who do better are the ones who are able to tolerate the fact that they have this condition. Those who can tolerate their depression are the ones who achieve resilience….valuing one’s depression does not prevent a relapse, but it may make the prospect of relapse and even relapse itself easier to tolerate.
You may change a life by understanding depression better.