Tuesday 6 December 2016

There is a path out of depression

Published 06/12/2015 | 02:30

Sir - Depression paints a frightful picture of devastation, havoc and unhappiness wrought in so many people's lives and also leads to suicide by unfortunate people, who, in their deep-rooted despair, feel they cannot cope any longer. Sometimes depression is considered to be a deadly disease.

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I would like to take issue with that image of depression in Ireland (and the western world). My life's experience has taught me otherwise.

I would not live my youth again. I was born with severe hearing loss and in 11 years of schooling I suffered physical beatings and mental trauma, which lead to severe depression, unhappiness and despair. For many years, I did not seek medical help.

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