These days everyone and their uncle has some form of depression. Let's face it we all have a million reasons to feel bleak about life. Bad relationships, difficult past's, lost dreams. Some of us just can't see what's next, can't hope or work towards resolution, so we get stuck. How stuck and for how long marks the scale of depression we face. But as a word "depression" is not really helpful, like most words that are overused it kind of loses its meaning, and as a result the wall that word conjures up becomes impossible to overcome. Worse, as we sit behind it, not knowing what to do. It becomes a prison without definition. Once we are closed in, all we can see is the darkness and stifling mental confinement the word "depression" has created. Until we have no idea what began or maintains the darkness that engulfs us.
Using the word "depression" as a general term is, in my view unhelpful, both for therapeutic purposes and for self analysis. I'd rather use the word ... bad marriage or difficult childhood or lost dreams to define a set of circumstances that make me feel dark. It's much more helpful to work out specific reasons, causes. Instead of looking at the wall, it's much more helpful to look at the blocks that make up the wall. It's much more helpful to define the foundation the wall was built on. It sounds simple i know, but that old saying is right. Often the most simplest thing are the most helpful. I've been stuck so many times in my life. Sometimes the walls have been mammoth. Everything i talk about comes from my own lived experience. It's not just an academic presentation or a theory i've read. It's my lived experience, that changing how we see the darkness that engulfs us, in the darkest of our times, has the capacity to remove the wall. It's so easy to look at our lives and conclude it's all black, all bleak. From my darkness, i found light and with that light i saw the construct, and once i understood the construct, i could define it, once defined it led to a source, once the source was exposed it led to a freedom. There is always, a chink of light. Buried, perhaps, but present nonetheless.
Jimi Katz is managing director of "Arkesise" a multidisciplinary centre of therapeutic excellence.
My place is here, now. What has gone before has informed my journey and fired my mission. My passion, is releasing my fellow journeymen to experience life with fresh eyes, a fresh beginning. Let's walk together for a time, lets open doors together, let's uncover our true selves.