Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Followup to Yesterday's Post, and Kenneling the Black Dog
This has been a big day for me and my blog. I want to thank all my friends and readers and new people who came over to read my post about the causes of melancholia--in medical terms, "depression." It has been extremely rewarding and thought-provoking to hear from all of you. My deepest thanks.
In addition to the 30 people who left comments, about 110 other people read this post. I wrote it as a way to reach out--not so much for help for myself--but to establish connections, knowing I am not alone. And I was right. It's a subject that resonates with many. I think, at bottom line, this is a condition that's not so much a medical one as a human one--the human condition--which all of us experience to some degree, and some of us feel in ways that cause more suffering.
For those of you who wished me a better day today, I'd like to say thank you and note that I'm not really having "bad" days. The "black dog" has a little kennel in the corner of my soul where I go over every once and while and sit. I find that the more I hate the dog and ignore it, the more icky and bad-tempered it becomes. Spending time with it and listening to it helps me understand it better. I learn to see what I can to do make my life better. Someday, and I'm not sure when, I'm planning to post about ways I've learned to manage my melancholia that might be food for thought for others. I think when I do that, I will also get lots of food for thought myself.