“Well Jon, it sounds like you’re depressed.”

“No kidding.”

“Well, it’s important to say it. When I was a kid, I used to get 2-3 colds a year, but I was raised to insist that my sinuses were just sensitive to air pressure changes. But you know, colds have a set of typical symptoms, things like a runny nose and a stuffy head, and they typically last 7-10 days. My air pressure reactions were remarkably similar to colds. It was really helpful for me when I realized I had a cold and not some bizarre genetic maladaption.”

“Well, that’s nice about your cold and all, but what does that have to do with me?”

“Depression is a lot like the common cold. It has a definable set of symptoms, tends to last a certain period of time, and it happens to a lot of people. Most importantly, though, it’s something that happens to you, not who you are.”

“Um, ‘kay…”

“The good news is that while you can’t cure the common cold, it is possible to cure depression.” Continue reading “Depressed”

First Lesson


“Here. Hold your hands like this: in a cupped position. Look into them. Now, what do you see?”

“I see my hands.”

“Look closer. What do you see?”

“I see . . . Fingers. Skin. Nails . . .”

“Look closer. What do you see?”

“I see . . . Lines. Crisscrossing lines and cracks . . .”

“Stop. Close your eyes. Open your heart. Now. What do you see?” Continue reading “First Lesson”