Coming out of Depression

There is a tendency for other people (and us too) to think that once we come out of depression, life will be fine.

After all, we look alert, we are happy and chipper, we talk about what needs to be done, and we can get things done. So….all is well, right?

No.

We are better, at least for a while again. But our lives are not in order, and in fact they are probably in quite a mess. Continue reading Coming out of Depression

Staying Home When I am Depressed

Someone once asked me how I cope with depression. It’s easy. When I’m depressed, I just sit in my house, don’t talk to anyone and wait for the depression episode to pass.

The reason I’m ok about sitting in my house is that I treat depression as a physical disease – thinking of it as, say, a really bad fever. If I have a really bad fever, I would stay at home and sleep and feel miserable, but the fever would pass after a week or so. If I have depression, I stay at home and sleep and surf the internet and feel miserable, but the depression would pass after a week or so. I don’t feel guilty about doing this for depression, because it is a real physical disease. It’s not just in my head. Continue reading Staying Home When I am Depressed