I realized I had left out some of the quotes that made an incredible difference in my perspective on depression in myself and helped develop greater compassion for others.
Although all stories touched my heart, I found Andrew Solomon’s words stayed with me since the first viewing two years ago. I appreciate his gift of weaving words together into a succinct, yet powerful, description.
These are quoted from http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/takeonestep/depression/video-ch_01.html
“I always say that the opposite of depression is not happiness but vitality,”
“…depression has to do with finding all of life totally overwhelming.”
“It’s a poverty of the English language that we only have that one word, depression, that’s used to describe how a little kid feels when it rains on the day of his baseball game, and it’s also used to describe why people spend their lives in mental hospitals and end up killing themselves. But clinical depression really has to do with the feeling that you can’t do anything, that everything is unbelievably difficult, that life is completely terrifying, and a feeling of this free-floating despair, which is overpowering and horrifying.”
I loved his defining depression as a loss of vitality, not just a one-dimensional ongoing sadness. This is a documentary I cannot recommend any higher, it is an in-depth look at depression and its staggering ramifications on quality of life on a kaleidoscope of lives.
We live in a feel-good, denial of bad feelings society where advertisers, magazines, movies, etc., seductively sell people always blissfully happy and ‘have it all.’ Denial of any feeling other than of feeling good, the stigma of depression as we hear it in the media, and the shame talking about it keep us in a terribly destructive cycle. I love this video because it makes depression 3D – and – more importantly gives us hope.
I truly hope you find quotes you can apply to your own life, the life of a loved one, or to simply grow in understanding and compassion for others.
Thanks for listening. 🙂