5 Insights on Depression From Someone Who Suffers

April 1, 2015 7:43 PM

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Don't do it. Don't go on Facebook if you're feeling depressed. The worst thing about social media is the illusion it creates that everyone else is happy and successful. I'm as guilty as the next of crafting a digital façade of well-being -- posting beautiful vacation photos and sharing Book Tour accolades. I keep to myself the rejection letters and job refusals, the family conflicts and money stress, the self-lacerating doubts and fears about the future. Not to mention the little mundane assaults of ordinary life: parking tickets, broken appliances, temper tantrums...

But I'm done with my Instagrammed lies of omission. I want to come clean and say I've been sad. Not just sad. I pulled the 8 of Swords in the Tarot deck -- depression, entrapment, extreme sorrow. Call it cyclical psychic pain -- or what poet Jane Kenyon dubs "the bile of desolation." More than 14 mi...

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