Dear Ms Tippett - I found your program moving, and wholly agree with the inadequacy of the word depression as an all-encompassing term. I went through the worst depression of my life in 2008, and I realized that if I had met the myself of 10 years earlier, he (me then) would have NO idea of what I was going through. No wonder is nearly impossible to explain the experience to others, even if they themselves have suffered depression.
This time, I had the most profound self-validation of my life, thanks to a book that fell in my hands when I was well on my way to recovery. This book is a gift to humanity, but I'm afraid that it will fall on deaf ears; some may even find it offensive to find all the neuroscience in it. However, it (the book) allowed me to silence the crap that a couple of psychiatrist dumped on me, it allowed me to understand the origin of my depressions, and it gave me the hope and the tool to change this. Itdoesn't mean it'll be easy; it will be VERY hard, but the books shows it is possible.
The book is called "My Stroke of Insight", by Jill Taylor. Please don't watch a video of her presentations; this is a book to digest slowly. The neuroscience checks with all I know, which is not just a little, but I'm not an expert in the field either.
Ms Taylor was a Harvard, research neuroanatomist, who suffered a massive stroke on her left side of the brain. She understood what was happening to her, and my knowledge of neuroscience allowed to expect that she was recounting the experience from emotional memory and images. This amazing woman recovered completely, and made a choice as to what she wanted to keep of her previous self.
This book made my beloved inner peace a cognitive reality, as opposed to a feeling or faith. It exists, and I made myself the promise to guard it. The only person in this world I would sacrifice it for is my son. Just as one of your guest described a vitality of life as the opposite to depression, for me it is inner peace.
Thank you for your program.
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