An Unconventional Perspective On Understanding Depression

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By Asira Chirmuley

Depression is a debilitating mental illness that negatively affects the way we think, feel and act. In this article, I would like to highlight the wisdom rendered by those dealing with and fighting depression.

Depression could be looked at, as a process of healing in itself. When an individual goes through depression, a myriad exploration occurs.

Depression leading to self-understanding: Depression ushers oneself to reflect on one’s being. It enables us to unleash one’s true potential by reconnecting with the inner self. This contemplation gradually helps us to reintegrate our deep-rooted insecurities and anxieties thereby, directing us towards a wholehearted acceptance of ourselves. In this acceptance, we experience the harmony of our existence, of what we actually are.

Aesthetic living is reconciling one’s flawed aspects of self: Depression empowers us to become compassionate humans by enhancing an empathetic worldview. Having known the hazardous impact conditional acceptance and merciless judgment can have on a person, one moves toward accepting self, others and life in totality. It redirects our focus on the essence of each individual, on one’s tendency and capacity to be good.
In a nutshell, it inspires us to value the essentiality of human nature through compassion.

Compassion is passionate coexistence: The phase of depression, if looked from an holistic perspective is an insightful journey. It gets us closer to our purpose, it teaches us to ponder over our life, to engage in introspection about, that one thing, which remains constant within ourselves, that pushes us to move forward, to transcend beyond all odds, that characteristic aspect of self manifests itself in everything we do, that becomes the meaning, we attach to our existence.

‘Man yearns for a worthwhile meaning to beautify his existence’

Depression therefore, no longer is a lamentable condition. On the contrary, it illuminates rediscovery of self.

Asira Yogesh Chirmuley
MA Clincial Psychology

The views expressed by author are personal

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