Its been a while

Its been a while since I blogged about anything including my favourite subjects – bad customer service and depression. Two diverse topics that are equally fascinating although depression is far more important in terms of the meaning of life and the chagrin of death.

The death of Anthony Bourdain hit hard as I was a big fan and despite the public persona, he must have been suffering terribly to have taken his own life. You can have everything including fame and fortune but depression is extremely pervasive as evidenced by Bourdain, Kate Spade and Robin Williams.

Depression is very prevalent in 2018 and the good news is that the stigma is dissipating as more and more people are talking about the subject. Although proper treatment of depression has an 85% success ratio. The combination of anti-depressants and cognitive therapy have proven effective. However the problem is that more than half of those who suffer do not seek help or do not know why they are feeling down.

This quote is the epitome of kindness amd compassion. Anthony Robbins omce mentioned at a seminar the importance of talking to homeless people. Just dont walk by and throw a coin into their collection basket but stop, look them in the eye and have a conversation. The vast majority of homeless people suffer from depression.

So what happened to my blog? Depression. It set in just after the holidays and lasted approximately 3 months. After several doctors visits, we were able to finally juggle the meds to a combination which now seems to work. I suffer from depression as well as medication induced mania. So not manic depression. The anti depressants will lift me up but into a high that is above normal. So a combination of anti depressants and mood stabilizers are able to balance things out. I used to keep a this private, however, I decided that by sharing my story it may help others.

What does depression feel like? It is like drowning except you can see everyone around you breathing. It is like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, except maybe a train. It is like you are sinking into a hole and you have now way of pulling yourself out.

But there is hope. And hope comes in many forms including family and friends, medication, counselling, eating healthy, exercise, amd so on. But at the end of the day, its up to you. My psychologist made that point with me during my first depression where i credited all the above for helping me get past the depression and she pointed out that I played the most important role.

So dont give up as tough as it is. And believe me it is tough. But you will emerge as a better and stronger person once you get through and past your depression. And once you do, may I make a simple request. Help others. Take the time to help someone who is suffering.

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