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At its worst, depression can be a frightening and debilitating condition. Many sufferers and their families are afraid to talk about their struggles, and don’t know where to turn for help.

This is what I call a ‘tragedy of ignorance’. Depression is largely preventable and treatable. Recognising depression and getting help is the first and most critical step towards recovery.

I hope this can help de-stigmatise it. In his great little video, writer and illustrator Matthew Johnstone tells the story of overcoming the ‘black dog of depression’.

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Depression’s a Bugger!

I don’t know why I’m bothering. Misinformation and misunderstanding have such an effective grip on attitudes towards depression that there’s little point.

Anyone who says the sort of things I do meets with quizzical stares and the sort of tolerant dismissal reserved for the stupidest kid in class who says they are going to make something of themselves. Or doubt, or even scorn. It’s enough to make me depressed!

Every case of depression is a personal tragedy. We all need to care enough to start thinking for ourselves.

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We’ve been Talking About It Ever Since the Garden of Eden

Tend your garden

Our language is littered with gardening metaphors. I suppose that’s because we have been in contact with the earth throughout human history and that connection has shaped many of our expressions.

It has also given us an innate understanding of how to help things grow and flourish in all areas of our lives, and the things that need weeding out if our relationships are to continue to provide nourishment and beauty year after year.

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Find a Sacred Place – 2

In an earlier post I wrote about finding a ‘sacred place’. There have been some questions about what I meant by ‘sacred place’.

Maybe this will clarify things a bit. Dictionary definitions seem to equate sacred with religious, and so does St. Google. I mean something different.

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