Understanding Depression

“I’ve learned that people handle [depression] better if they understand it better. It’s kind of like women going through pregnancy. If they know why their body is doing what it’s doing–if they know where the pain is coming from, why it’s there–it’s more tolerable.”

In this video, Maurice W. Harker, Certified Mental Health Counselor (CMHC), gives some excellent insight into understanding and overcoming the cycle of depression and grief.

2 Replies to “Understanding Depression”

  1. I have unresolved guilt from the death of my mother and have had problems with depression and thank you this helped to explain this. I only learned some coping skills that help some but this is the first time I have had the process explained. I think I have been bargaining for 24 years

  2. When I finally admitted that I suffered from chronic, clinical depression was when I heard a video on the topic where one patient explained that the word “depression” doesn’t do it justice.

    You think of a depression is a low spot in an otherwise flat terrain. And that would be a depression. But when you have clinical depression, you’re not depressed in that sense. You’re INSANE!

    When I finally heard that, all the bells went of in my head that everything I’d been hearing about my condition was correct. I finally understood that “normal” people simply don’t feel what I feel on a regular basis. They’ll only feel it in conjuction with a major crisis — a loved one dies, a major injury, extended unemployment…

    I finally admitted I had depression. I finally admitted that what I felt wasn’t normal. I was finally willing to work on it and find a way to cope.

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