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Thomas P. ArmitageMay 24, 2020
I have felt this way for years but obviously am not trained to express it as you have laid out in this article. It seemed to me self defeating to say this is how it has to be so deal with it. And yet when I suggested "attacking" the problem, looking for ways to improve and get over it in a sense I was often told that was demeaning to the person suffering with the depression. Even so it just did not seem to square with my observation in other areas. A young Boy Scout, Astmatic, frail and yet highly Intelligent. We never gave into the mentality of not trying hard things. As a result this young man learned to function with his asthma, completed a 50 mile hike, 50 mile bike run, 50 mile canoe trip and today, married and successful competes in marathons with his wife often. He still has asthama. I think of men who served in combat with my sons, returning home withsevere injuries. They now have learned to function highly despite seemingly insurmountable odds. I think of friends that suffered injuries to one side of the brain and the other side of the brain took over as time passed. They now function very well although differently. So why not with issues such as this.
KatMay 19, 2020
Jacob Hess, You are a God send to us all. Thank you for your refreshing insights, your committed work, your hopeful talk - THE TRUTH! So appreciated. So so needed. God bless you.
AnonymousMay 18, 2020
I am just blown away by this narrative and also Mark Butler's discussion about living well with depression. I am the wife of a wonderful man who suffers with an addiction and major depressive disorder. I can now visualize him stepping out of his pain not by use of medication but by beginning with a simple change in how he manages his life. I can also see myself supporting him in this self care. I say this with much gratitude for this positive look at the possibilities!
Paul WilsonMay 18, 2020
Wonderful must read article! Thanks. I have three suggestions that might broaden its impact and the good the article does. 1. Write a one page summary for the functionally illiterate of our society who see something this long and immediately say “TL:DR” (Too Long, Don’t Read). We all need to read it because we all have friends and family hurting. 2. Write a youth/single adult version, “Dear Young People, you are not broken”, and submit it for church magazine publication. Keep it short. 3. Consider including an AA-ARP type contrast (AA-“You will always be a broken addict, but you can be sober” versus LDS-ARP-“You can recover and leave this behind you..” What you are saying is so similar with Big Pharm- Medical PC -“You are broken and will always need our medication and therapy.
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