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Everything I do is to prevent depression

Brendan O'Connor


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Brendan O'Connor. Picture Andres Poveda

Brendan O'Connor. Picture Andres Poveda

Brendan O'Connor. Picture Andres Poveda

Monday: I have come to realise that pretty much everything I do is aimed at preventing depression. The problem, as I see it, is that the way we are being asked to live now looks, from the outside, like depression, so your mind could easily be fooled into thinking you are depressed.

So, one day at a time, I build in all these little things to make sure I don't get depressed today. And today is as far as we can plan on these things right now.

Compared to others, I have no great reason to be depressed. I have work, which gives me money and purpose for now, and I have my health, for now. So it seems self-indulgent to be thinking about getting depressed. But maybe that's the depression speaking, the inner critic turning anger inwards.