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Many people suffer from depression and there easily more than 50 shades of depression. For some people, it is a light depression that periodically blips in and out of their lives. For others, it is a little heavier and stays in the background for months at a time. Sometimes it is really intense and will make routine life impossible. As therapists, we tend to see just about every shade of depression and I always try to encourage people that there is hope, you just have to keep plugging to get through it.
One of the toughest things for people about depression can be a lack of understanding from others as it isn’t a physical condition like cancer or the flu that people can understand. Depression doesn’t always bring that rallying of friends to support you in your time of need like a physical illness can. Elizabeth Wurtzel said, “That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key.”
There is a path through depression and it tends to look different for everyone but it does involve patience and a willingness to try new things. I often share the following video with people as it tends to inspire hope after seeing someone who struggled with a severe case of depression and then rebuilt his life completely following his battle with depression. I love his reference at the end to the story of the Phoenix. I hope it inspires you as well.
If you or a loved one feel that they need any direction on the path through depression, you can contact us to make a counseling appointment and one of our clinicians will help guide through the fog. If you would like more information about depression, you can read about depression counseling.