Who’d want to interview me?

by Martin

in A Depression Blog

A little while ago I got an email from a guy called Justin who wanted to interview me.

Justin runs a great site called How I beat Depression.

He’d read TooDepressed.com and decided that my story might be a good one for his readers.

I have to say I was a bit hesitant.

I didn’t really want to be so bold as to claim to have beaten depression.

The truth is that I doubt depression has been seen off yet or that it ever will be, particularly because it has been established that:

“unipolar major depressive disorder is a chronic, lifelong illness, the risk for repeated episodes exceeds 80%, patients will experience an average of 4 lifetime major depressive episodes of 20 weeks duration each” (Judd, 1997, p. 990, cited in Teasdale et al, 2000, p.615).

Notwithstanding that, I am able to say that:

  • I have made a pretty good recovery,
  • I still have some dark times but I have learnt some important lessons in how to manage them,
  • I’m in a stable condition at present.

So I felt just about qualified to answer Justin’s call.

In fact, working through Justin’s questions was a useful stock-taking exercise. It made it more plain to me than ever how important it is to identify the various factors that are relevant to the onset of your depression and to take responsibility to try to address them.

You undoubtedly need help to do that. But self-knowledge is vital.

I’m not saying I’ve addressed my causative factors completely, or even adequately, yet.

But, with some guidance, some therapy and an infinitely patient wife, I have taken some positive steps and those steps have helped.

Coincidentally, Justin grew up not very far from where I currently live. And, if you read the interview on Justin’s site you’ll see that where I currently live is a very long way from where I grew up.

I only mention that because displacement from my support systems, friendship groups and family undoubtedly had a role to play in depression for me. It wasn’t the cause, but it was probably a factor among many that all came together at once. And also, it is not a factor that I have dealt with well.

If you have any questions once you’ve read the story, ask away in the comments here, or on Justin’s site.

Teasdale, J. D., Segal, Z. V., Williams, J. M. G., Ridgeway, V. A., Soulsby, J. M., & Lau, M. A. (2000). Prevention of relapse/recurrence in major depression by mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 68(4), 615. http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/ccp/68/4/615/

Judd, L. L. (1997). The clinical course of unipolar major depressive disorders. Archives of General Psychiatry, 54(11), 989. http://archpsyc.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=497954

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Father, husband, writer and website publisher, discontented in his day-job, he writes here about depression - his own and in general. You can follow Too Depressed on Twitter. Please share the content on this site with all your friends, followers and contacts using the buttons above.

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Last revised on December 13, 2012

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