Abraham Lincoln called it his melancholia. Winston Churchill had "black dog days." Today, we refer to it as depression.
Charles Darwin's depression left him “not able to do anything one day out of three,” choking on his “bitter mortification.” He despaired of the weakness of mind that ran in his family. “The ‘race is for the strong,’ ” Darwin wrote. “I shall probably do little more but be content to admire the strides others made in Science.”
New York Times
Recently, I noticed that I was lethargic, frequently irritated, and found most thoughts of the future unappealing. At first, I was sure the circumstances were the cause. If you look closely enough at any situation flaws can be found and fears justified. Some studies have shown that people diagnosed as depressed do, in fact, see things more clearly.
Unfortunately, I was not reacting to better evidence. I noticed that I was waking up into this....
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