230. A Lesson from Gettysburg

For those of us who have experienced profound depression, we have fought the battle of Gettysburg in our souls. Gettysburg was three days in July 1863 of chaos, fear, anxiety, uncertainty, loss of orientation, little sleep, and an overwhelming dread. Sound familiar to those of you who have been afflicted with depression?

For me, the three days of Gettysburg lasted four years, a disaster on all sides. And then my depression retreated, like the Army of Northern Virginia slipping away on the evening of July 4, 1863.

For two more years, the war continued, with skirmishes here and there, and some major battles yet to be fought. It is perhaps that way with some of you – the depression retreats only to come back now and again for a period of time, for some over a lifetime.

Finally the war ends in 1865 at Appomattox and stability returns. I pray that is the way with you, my friends. It has been the way for me. Not that there aren’t skirmishes for me to fight now and again, but the battle of Gettysburg is in the past, an ugly reminder of how bad things got in my life. These days I am better equipped to fight depression when the forces of darkness come marching up from the valleys, for I am on the high ground and God is by my side.

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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