Depression can be a step up from where you are.
- Are you numb? You take the online depression quiz, and none of it feels true. In fact, you don’t feel much of anything.
- Are you on autopilot? The work gets done, the kids are fed and clothed. Homework happens and the DVR purrs, and yet, you don’t feel your life.
- Are you so burnt that the only thing you feel is rage? The current economic crisis has spawned a class of depression most notable for its rage. I think rage is a step up from numbness or autopilot. It’s hard on everybody, but at least it’s a feeling.
Here’s some right away help. Turn off all the gizmos. Get somewhere natural. Listen to the birds or the crickets or the loons. Do you have a bathtub? Fill it up and get in it. Slide in up to the top of your neck. I know it’s bad for the environment, but this is an emergency. Do you have some pictures of a time when you were happy? Drag them out and look at them. Write a story of that day. Fill it with detail. Remember everything.
Getting help would work too.