screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-10-20-46-amDepression. 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

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