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.