Chit Chat Thread

Depression is about anger, it's about anxiety, it's about character and heredity.
But it is also about something that is in its way quite unique.
It is the illness of identity, it is the illness of those who do not know where they fit, who lose faith in the myths they have so painstakingly created for themselves.
It is a plague - especially if you add in its various forms of expression, like alcoholism, anorexia, bulimia, drug addiction, compulsive behavior of one kind or another.
They're all the same things: attempts to avoid disappearance, or nothingness, or chaos

Tim Lott
Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . .
It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again.
The absence of hope.
That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad.
Sad hurts but it's a healthy feeling.
It is a necessary thing to feel.
Depression is very different.

J. K. Rowling
If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why.
Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation .
Depression just is, like the weather.
Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through.
Be there for them when they come through the other side.
It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.

Stephen Fry
Find meaning.
Distinguish melancholy from sadness.
Go out for a walk.
It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world.
It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself.
Find meaning or don’t find meaning but 'steal' some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self.
Opt for privacy and solitude.
That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world.
But you need to breathe.
And you need to be

Albert Camus
It is important not to suppress your feelings altogether when you are depressed.
It is equally important to avoid terrible arguments or expressions of outrage.
You should steer clear of emotionally damaging behavior.
People forgive, but it is best not to stir things up to the point at which forgiveness is required.
When you are depressed, you need the love of other people, and yet depression fosters actions that destroy that love.
Depressed people often stick pins into their own life rafts.
The conscious mind can intervene.
One is not helpless.

Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression