Even the mildest forms of depression can be debilitating. The most severe cases can be devastating or even fatal. Historically we have been reluctant to openly discuss depression and generally treated it as something to be cured or at least kept in check by medication or therapy.
In the past, “Depression has been sealed off, kept underground and undiscussed.” The major purpose of Darkness Before Dawn is to begin “an open-ended exploration to help you redefine depression as an intrinsic part of the human journey.” The purpose is not to offer “fixes” for depression but to “inspire you in your own way to find the intelligence in your experience.”
The book is a collection of essays or interviews with 19 different authors. Most are authorities in the field of mental health/depression and have experienced depression on a first hand basis.
The most important lesson you will learn from this book is to look at depression in a totally different way. Instead of looking on depression as negative experience, something to run from, you should look for the positive growth that can come from depression. If you, or someone you love is suffering from depression, it might seem impossible to think about finding anything positive about the experience.
But each of the nineteen contributors found a way to look at depression in a totally new way. This lead to some new insights into dealing with depression. Instead of trying to get away from depression, they suggest you embrace depression. Move…