I'm not sure what to make of this program. While I can see the value of a certain vision imparted by the melancholic disposition, I have great difficulty seeing my bouts of clinical, suicidal depression as edifying in any respect, from any perspective.
I hear a good bit of romanticizing of depression in this program that puts me in mind of Keats' claim to be "half in love with easeful death." If it's not outright romanticizing, it feels like a re-narrativizing whose silver lining must corrode rather rapidly when depression eventually recurs, as it usually does for those who have a serious episode of it.
Is the lesson imparted by depression something we need to learn more than once? We don't make such claims in recurrence of other serious illnesses.
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