“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.” In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories. (Filmed at TEDxMet.)

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22 COMMENTS

  1. I watch this Ted talk, and Forrest Gump regularly. At least twice a year or when I am feeling exceptionally lonely. Tried to read his book too, but didn't have the concentration or brain power to do it ironically.

  2. Welp, this has been an experience of sobbing my eyes out as I hear someone describe my life as if he's been spying on me. Thanks, Andrew Solomon. I've loved your stories and writing for years and years; you never disappoint, and this TED talk is no exception.

  3. “You don't think, in depression, that you've put on a gray veil and are seeing the world through the haze of a bad mood. You think that the veil has been taken away—the veil of happiness, and that now you're seeing truly.” – Andrew Solomon @10:15 [5.9.2020]

  4. This is something that no one deserves.
    And yet I continue to suffer after decades. Alone now because people don't understand. If I can't cope with it how can I expect my now exwife to cope?
    Or my friends?
    Bless them they deserve a happy life free of me and my negative state.
    My heart is breaking and I'm just nearly slipping into a catatonic state.
    I just want it to fucking stop
    Andrew says at the end that he has learned to tokerate I can't see how thatb is even slightly possible.
    This is not tolerable.

  5. i don't think i got depression but i do believe i'm prone to it and the fences example really spoke to me in a sense that i got to push myself out of a very possible narrative

  6. Worst part of it is that you doubt that you are depressed or people who are unsupportive and say that you are overreacting, especially if they are parents, and in reality all those people, including me want someone who can understand them and support them in it, because people do play a big part in making depressed people better.

  7. Beautifully said, the feeling of numbness is the scariest one. As much as you say to yourself today will be a good day and remind yourself to think happy, it just doesn’t happen. When the brain 🧠 feels stuck and can’t seem to see the same way you saw life before.

  8. Depression for me isn't sadness and crying all the time. I haven't cried in years. Depression for me is feeling nothing, neither good or bad, about anything, accompanied with a constant dull ache in my body.

  9. I can overcome my depression; you can do it so 💪🏻😊

    Hello, brothers and sisters. We are on the same boat. I got depressed for 2 years. I got the psychiatrist’s diagnosis of depression after 15 months I was suffering it. See, I didn’t know I was depressed for 15 months. My matter was worse.
    I felt totally physically and mentally exhausted during the time.

    It’s a long story about how I tried multidisciplinary ways to overcome my depression. Even though the psychiatrist said depression can come and go after it’s first come, it can still be managed guys 😊

    There’s still hope for us 🥰🙏🏼

    Alhamdulillah, at this moment I feel so much better. It’s about how we manage it. If you need a friend and want to talk, share, and know how I managed my depression, please kindly reach me on line. This is my id “fafiar”.

    Good luck for us! Our life is valuable!!

  10. I am of the indigent untreated. I've had to trick myself into feeling better- it's slow going, but I'm falling for it. I'm using nuero-linguistic programming 24/7. I started with a file for 'becoming addicted to exercise.' It's worked. Placebo or not, doesn't matter. I'm addicted and feeling so incredibly much better. One year later I'm working off my last 15 pounds I can think again, I can create again, and I'm trying to work out how to start a therapy farm so that I can help other people come out of this hole.

    I feel like I was dead for….45 years. I'm still depressed, but it's situational (environment), and I'm now able to to see that I can actually change my mind and my mental processes- and my situation. I'm the boss of this machine. Before last year, I was just waiting to die and living in a suicide by proxy manner. I've got a long way to go, but I'm going. That's the important part. I'm going.

  11. Here for obvious reasons, depressed etc. But how annoying is the coughing in the crowd 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

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