Emerging from Depression is a very interesting time.
No matter how many times I have experienced it in my life, I fail to acknowledge that I always feel the same afterwards.
Emerging brings a great sense of clarity and new possibilities.
It is a fresh and exhilarating time. I always have new plans, new visions and new ways to help myself in the future.
There is always a clear reason why the depression occurred in the first place.
This is in strict contrast to how I feel when I am in the thick of a depressive episode.
I can see nothing.
I can see no reasons.
I can see no way forward.
When I am out the other side, I actually have begun to feel fortunate.
Fortunate, that something inside me recognises the need to contemplate, go within, have some space and time away from the crazy busy world.
Fortunate that I can readjust, reassess, re-align and change direction.
When I think about it like that, it seems to me that depression is actually a very healthy response.
So why do we see it as such an unhealthy place to be?
And why do we stigmatise people who have these periods in their lives.
I guess it is because as humans, in the present time, we are afraid to confront the dark places within us. We prefer to be busy and avoid thinking about ourselves too much. It is simply too scary.
Surely this is when it becomes unhealthy.
So to me, emerging out of depression makes me feel proud and acknowledges the fact that I have been brave.
I have confronted the greatest horror movie deep inside me.
That is what I believe is the Silver Lining of Depression.
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