This really hit home…

“As a long-time sufferer of clinical depression, it gets really old when people try to “cheer you up” when the depression hits. You hit the nail on the head with the lack of feeling. Not giving a shit when, intellectually, you really want to, is a hard concept to explain to people who haven’t experienced it.”

— from a blog combox.

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About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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One Response to This really hit home…

  1. Syphax says:

    This cuts to the heart of the matter for those suffering from depression. Telling them to “snap out of it” is asking them to perform the most impossible of emotional bootstrapping. What extra motivational faculty do they possess to lift their own spirits up? For those who have never experienced it, it is hard to empathize. They would have to imagine something like… trying to run on a broken leg.

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