Giving a Voice to the Silence offers positive angles to the issue that faces those with mental illness. Living with Schizo-Affective Disorder and being able to share my experiences with others, is the best way I know how to pay it forward. Life can be difficult, my goal is to bring a bit of hope to a place where many feel there is none.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Is Depression an Asset?

There is an article recently posted that touts the idea that depression may actually be a good thing. After reading it, it made a little sense – though I would still not wish depression on anyone.

On the upside, depression can bring a greater understanding of the world, of the inner self, of the things that are near and dear to us. The time is taken to truly think about each issue, find the spiritual, personal and social growth that is possible through these depressive states.

On the downside, there is the depression. Those moments, days and weeks where you can do no more than open your eyes for brief moments, hardly seem worth anything – especially moments of clarity and discovery.

Overall, there may be some truth to the story – think about it. If you are able to step back and take a look at issues from another angle, there may be the chance that it may help someone else in the end. It is said that it is better to help someone if you have been where they are or have been.

I want to give my personal thoughts on this one – I have lived with depression for most of my life, there are episodes I would rather not remember, but it is in those moments that I did find my strength. The fact that I lived through those moments shows me that I am strong and am capable of anything and it’s going to take quite a bit to knock me down. I would not, however, wish it on anyone. There is no joy in depression, in the darkness and feelings of hopelessness that are far too real, you lose your perspective of on things – according to this article though – that are when we find our greatest strengths.

Would I recommend a depressive episode? Not by a long shot, but at least someone is trying to find an upside to the misery.