285. A State of Being

Many people who have never been depressed think it is a condition of the mind. It is not. Major depression is a state of being that crushes the will, buries the emotions in a grave, and permeates the mind with a dense fog. And if that were not enough, it clamps the body in a steel vice and dampens the spirit. I know all this from personal experience and through others I have coached through their depression.

If you’ll remember my spectrum of depression – 5 for OK, 4 for mild to moderate depression, 3 for serious depression, 2 for major depression, and 1 for suicide watch – I’m speaking about a 1 or 2 in the paragraph above. A 3 has most of these symptoms also, but not as severe.

For those of you who have been in major depression or have been close enough to someone who has, I’d like to hear how this description resonates with your experience, as well as other symptoms. So you don’t have to identify yourself on this blog, send me an email at pday@pjdcoaching.com.

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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