I’ve had depression, but I can’t say I understand it. Not properly. It’s so personal and differs so much from day-to-day, person to person. The Other Side of Silence confirms all this. A beautiful and haunting memoir by Lisa Gask. Lisa, herself is a psychologist who suffers with depression. Her ability to interlink personal experience, with her own patients as well as some of the science behind it all, is fascinating.
I love the name of the book, The Other Side of Silence. So much of my therapy involved either me talking, the therapist replying, or silence. Complete and utter silence. Silence, however, is important. It gives the patient (for lack of a better term), the chance to analyze their thoughts and feelings.
What is more important is being aware that our vulnerability to depression does not mean that we are weak or lesser human beings in any way. This is sometimes difficult to remember but is crucial to our survival.
The above is so true. What causes the start of depression varies from person to person. It can be a hugely life changing event, or the smallest of things. Comparing yourself to others is a further downfall. You simply can’t. Everyone’s brain is programmed differently. Just because someone manages to get through a certain event, without any mental illness does not make them a stronger person, nor does it make you weaker. It’s difficult to accept that though.
For anyone suffering with a mental illness, or has someone in their lives affected, I cannot recommend The Other Side of Silence enough.