I recently went to see the new Pixar movie "Inside Out". (Spoiler Alert - skip to paragraph 2), It was great to see the hero of the movie be sadness rather than effusive happiness. The movie put it nicely that sadness creates the opportunity to ask for help from those who love you most.
I love this article in the New York Times that discusses the upside of depression. We strive so hard to be happy and project perfection at every moment, yet 7% of the population is affected with some sort of depression every year. My personal experience taught me that the process has the potential to clarify who you are and what you really want in life. The act of asking for help, not only bonds us to those who love us, but actually bonds us to ourselves. It's hard to see it sometimes in that painful moment , but I urge all that experience depression to try to be open to it's transformative effect and most importantly, to reach out to friends, family and professionals. We are all in this together.
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