I hate depression. Let me say it again: I hate depression. I hate it for you, your sister, your son, your husband, your mom, your best friend, your boss, and for me.
You can live with depression—you can even thrive in it. But it does require patience (especially with yourself if you suffer from it), creativity, awareness, determination
Because it makes everything harder. At least that’s what I’ve found.
Ahhh—there’s the full disclosure.
For several years I’ve battled with some depression. However, shortly after I went through open-heart surgery in 2013, it kicked into full bloom and became an all out war. It sucks.
The reason I bring this up is that you no doubt have noticed it has been a little more than a month since I’ve written or published anything.
Around the beginning of November my doctor and I thought it would be wise to change the medicine I was taking to manage the depression. While it was the right decision, it proved more of a problematic adjustment than I had anticipated.
While my body was getting rid of the old medicine and adjusting to the new prescription, my emotional health took an unanticipated turn.
For several weeks I carried overwhelming sadness, struggled with the inability to maintain focus, and fought “annihilating apathy.”
That made writing regularly immensely challenging and publishing anything virtually impossible. Hence, you haven’t seen anything coming from me or my website.
I’m happy to report that things are starting to even out, the new medicine is working, and I’m moving back to “normal.” But in the interest of full disclosure, I thought you should know the reason for my absence and silence.
Please note, I offer this not as a declaration of “Woe is me!”; nor an excuse, or a plea for sympathy. It’s JUST…an explanation.
Oddly, I hope it helps. If you’re one of the more than 300 million people globally who suffer from depression, perhaps it will help you to know you’re not alone and that someone you know also has it.
If you’re one of the 50% of Americans who experience depression but haven’t sought help, I hope this will encourage you to seek some.
Speaking of help, I heartily recommend a wonderful website about depression, anxiety, and mental illness. Sad Runner is a welcome place to go on the Internet for help with depression. It is filled with honest, unvarnished, helpful and hopeful information and encouragement for people who are fighting the depressive battle.
Again, in the interest of full disclosure, the site was created and is run by my son and business partner, Adam. He also valiantly fights the daily battle with depression and anxiety. Neither he nor I receive any financial compensation from the site.
It is a free and safe place to go for information, help, and encouragement.
Finally, thanks for being a faithful reader of this blog. I appreciate it more than you know. As we begin to resume a normal publication schedule, I hope the topics we write about will be helpful and instructive as you navigate your life in business and leadership.
If there is a topic or subject you would like to see discussed, or if you have any ideas for future posts, please feel free to contact me. My “inbox” is always open.
And, as always, if you think think this might be helpful for your friends or colleagues, please share it with them.
Thanks for your patience. You are a valued member of the family.
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