Sunday, September 2, 2012

They do not Understand us...Excerpt from "Night Falls Fast"

I have said it over and over again: No one, even your closest friend; spouse; or parent does not understand what is going through our mind. They may be sympathetic and try to be supportive, but even with love at times they give up and leave us alone to our torment.

This is an excerpt from the book Night falls Fast by Kay Redfield Jamison:

 "The horror of profound depression, and the hopelessness that usually accompanies it, are hard to imagine for those who have not experienced them. Because their despair is private, it is resistant to clear and compelling description. Novelist Will Stryron, however, in recounting his struggle with suicidal depression, captures vividly the heavy, inescapable pain that can lead to suicide:

"What I begun to discover is that, mysteriously and in ways that are totally remote from normal experience, the gray drizzle of horror induced by depression takes on the quality of physical pain. But it is not immediately identifiable pain, like that of a broken limb. It may be more accurate to say that despair, owing to some evil trick played upon the sick brain by the inhabiting psyche, comes to resemble the diabolical discomfort of being imprisoned in a fiercely overheated room. And because no breeze stirs this caldron, because there is no escape from this smothering confinement, it is entirely natural that the victim begins to think ceaselessly of oblivion."

"My Mind"

4 comments:

  1. It is a description that I had not words for. People who know me would still not understand.
    This is a description of my mania someone else worded:
    http://www.bipolar-lives.com/bipolar-stories.html
    As soon as I started winding down from my worst ever, show-stopping, record-breaking manic binge, a bleak depression set in. The aftermath of full blown mania is a little like an alcoholic getting sober - the flashbacks begin - along with a slowly dawning recognition of all that has been squandered or destroyed.

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    1. I understand completely! I feel for you and will be thinking of you!

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  2. Youre so correct. Im there with you. Your blog is certainly really worth a learn if anyone comes across it.natural depression treatment

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    1. Thank you so very much. Sometimes this blog is so hard for me to write, but comments like this sure does help. Bless you.

      EM

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