Life Is Worth Living, Revise, Seth Adam Smith

Understanding Depression

Understanding depression can help us fight it.
Understanding depression can help us fight it.

I’m very open about my struggle with depression, because I’ve learned that shining a light on the darkness is the best way to fight it. For when we see it in the light, we can understand it better. And when we’re able to understand it better, we’re able to identify ways we can fight it.

Maurice Harker, a Certified Mental Health Counselor, put it this way: “I’ve learned that people handle [depression] better if they understand it better. It’s kind of like women going through pregnancy. If they know why their body is doing what it’s doing—if they know where the pain is coming from, why it’s there—it’s more tolerable.”

Last year, I had the opportunity to interview Maurice, and he offered some excellent advice on understanding and overcoming the cycle of depression and grief. Please watch the interview below. It’s well worth your time.




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  1. Dear,,

    Hi.. please introduce myself,,I am Asian,24 years old. I am unemployed. I have been fired from the job I was in twice. I can hardly find any other job bcs of my bad working experience on my cv.
    Since then, I realized that I am a slow learner. I was fired bcs I did mistakes for so many times and didn’t understand the instructions properly.

    Well, I have big problem with learning new thing. I used to be a very hardworker but still there always be some flaws on my work. My supervisor always mad at me like, “I’ve said it so many times!”. They did right thing. I didnt blame my previous supervisors who fired me. All I am blaming is my ability of learning and understanding.

    Because of this,I know my weakness well. This leads me to have a terrible feeling when it comes to talk to someone, I’m always getting nervous and panic when I have to explain something. That’s one of the reason why I got fired. I have bad communication skill. Why, because I am afraid if I’m doing wrong.

    Ever since the last day of my working, I haven’t applied for any job yet. I have traumatic feeling about getting fired. My mom always scold me and asking why I’m not looking for another Job. In fact, I never told this to anyone before include, (especially) my parents. I told them that my contract was terminated because I had to handle another job outside my Job desc. I didn’t tell them the honest reason.

    I can’t even share this to my bestfriends bcs they are the people I am envy with. They are the people I wish I could be. They are now having good position in their company with good salary. I feel so much intimidated when we go out for cinema or just hanging out,, they’re all proudly spending their self-earn money and sharing their working experience. Meanwhile, I am still using my parent’s money,, and the leftover money from my last salary.Things are getting harder for me when they ask what my daily activities are. In fact Im just doing nothing at home.

    I keep telling lies to everyone. I am really afraid to tell the truth and to be judged. Having myself as a slow learner has already become the most hurtful thing I have to face.

    Now I am fighting so much againts my own anxiety and low self esteem. I am so afraid what if I never get a proper job.
    I am really expecting for you to do me a favor about what to do? What am I supposed to do ?
    I am so much thankful for your help..

    Best Regards

    1. Find LDS employment. Tell them you need a job at deseret industries. They can help you work and get good training.