Living With Depression: One Man's Struggle to Overcome

January 15, 2015 5:51 PM

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Willpower, no matter how much you possess, is sometimes not enough to get by. Occasionally, a person will reach an obstacle so great that, despite their best efforts, they simply cannot overcome it. Some people will recognize this immediately, request the necessary assistance, and carry on with their lives. Some will struggle on, using new strategies, different techniques, or even changes within themselves to crawl over their hurdle. Those people, like me, rely on their own force of will to push past whatever slows them down. We fight on, enduring, expecting success simply because we will it. For us, the simple act of asking someone for help is admitting failure and defeat, unacceptable outcomes in our plan for life.

My battle with clinical depression was prolonged simply because I believed wholeheartedly that I could will myself to be happy. My theory was simple: Help was out there for the other guy, but for me, it was an unforgivable confession of weakness. Despite my wife's pleadings, the cracks showing in ou...

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