Depression is one of life’s many misunderstood challenges. More than just a period of feeling sad or down, it is a painful experience of disconnection that affects millions, each of us differently. Depression brings with it feelings of hopelessness, unworthiness, and dissatisfaction. It can arise from situational and biological factors and last for short or long periods. The good news is that whatever the cause, there are many small (and large!) ways we can help our brains and minds reconnect to our vibrant lives.
If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.
Like nearly one in five people, Matt Haig suffers from depression. Reasons to Stay Alive is Matt’s inspiring account of how, minute by minute and day by day, he overcame the disease with the help of reading, writing, and the love of his parents and his girlfriend (and now-wife), Andrea.
“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.” In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression.