Depression. It is something in our present culture we have difficulty talking about, yet each of us at one time or another have known someone or have been personally affected by depression. In the pit of darkness without a ladder, some remain frozen in this place for days, or weeks, or even years. It is the darkest night of the soul and perhaps the loneliest. One website page cannot do justice to the significants of this topic, but perhaps it can serve to open a conversation among the men, families and friends affected by depression. ~ cb
TED Talk: “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. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories.
David Burns on depression:
Kevin Breel: Confessions of a Comic
Kevin Briggs: The bridge between suicide and life
Ruby Wax: What’s so funny about mental illness?
Stephen Ilardi: Depression is a disease of civilization
Zindel Segal: The mindful way through depression
Nick Vujicic: Overcoming hopelessness
After playing football for four years at the University of Miami, Dwayne Johnson was passed over by the NFL. While he played for the Canadian Football League for a short time, he was ultimately cut from his team, the Calgary Stampeders, and sent packing. At 23, Dwayne found himself living in his parents’ small apartment, battling depression.
Depression and spiritual awakening — two sides of one door | Lisa Miller
Hans Christian Andersen
Jon Bon Jovi
T. S. Eliot
Queen Elizabeth II
Francisco de Goya
Ken Griffey Jr.
Sir Anthony Hopkins
Lyndon B. Johnson
Guy de Maupassant
Alanis Morissette Morrissey
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
T. Boone Pickens, Jr.
Edgar Allan Poe
Lisa Marie Presley
John D. Rockefeller
J. K. Rowling
J. D. Salinger
Anna Nicole Smith
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Vincent Van Gogh
Robin Williams (RIP)
William Carlos Williams
As a child, I was different from other children. I could not learn the way others learned. I could not keep up in class. Other children made fun of me and I withdrew socially. It was during this time that I was preyed upon and left with a burden of unresolved shame. I stopped trusting others… (continued)
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