Thank you Kevin for your honesty and sharing. I have a number of friends who suffer like you do from depression and I must admit, I’m not much of a help. I’ve heard it said that depression is anger turned inward. Well, I usually turn my anger outward, I attack. I don’t advise this, I’m just admitting that is my first reaction, I want to attack. It almost doesn’t matter who’s around either, but whoever is, they will probably receive the brunt of my anger.
I believe we must learn to deal with anger. Thich Nhat Hanh has written a book called “Anger”. In this book he gives us a number of ways on how to deal with anger. One is compassion. This may be difficult to arrive at, but I find when I am able to stop, stand back and shut up (practice the 3 s’s) I then have enough time to think that the other person must be suffering too. I am not the only one who suffers. This simple compassionate action actually stops the escalating nature of anger and brings it to an end.