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Can Any Good Come From Depression?

Focusing on the negative elements of depression is easy. They include inertia, feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness and despair; the fun being sucked out of life. And worse, when it just feels too painful to go on living.

Often — and understandably, especially in our darkest moments — depression in whatever form feels like something from which we can’t learn anything or harness the experience of for the benefit of ourselves or others.

We may become depressed because we are depressed and the world and our prospects seem bleak from where we see things. That thought process and perspective alone doesn’t help!

But if we understand depression and its effects on us, our relationship with the illness can change — not just in terms of dealing with the symptoms, treatment and management generally, but also seeing how we can use our memory and experiences of even our darkest moments for the better.

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Can Any Good Come From Depression?

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  1. Good, factual article. In the midst of depression, the last thing that would ever come to mind is discovering the good that can come out of it. But how wonderful it is to be recovered and a much happier, wiser person.

  2. Thanks, Graeme. Very insightful and compelling points. Researchers have developed an “analytic rumination hypothesis” based on cases like that of Greg Montgomery. That’s one of the issues I discuss in my own recent post about depression’s potential payoffs. You can find it here:

  3. I think depression does have a silver lining, and that is the fact that it shows us a darker and more somber side of life that, though it is extremely painful and saddening, allows us to truly enjoy those things and moments that DO make us happy. If there weren’t times of heartache and unhappiness in my life, I would never have learned to truly and deeply appreciate my family members and those people and things that make life truly wonderful. Not everything is candy and roses, but depression makes us realize how precious life can be when we aren’t depressed. Especially during the holidays when it’s dark and damp outside, but when you’re with your family and loved ones doing things you truly enjoy doing, knowing how deep and dark existence can be only adds to the flavor of those joyful moments when we truly do feel happy and thankful to be alive.



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