I know this is a place we all don’t want to talk about, or re-visit!
I’m hoping your not depressed right now, if your not, can you look back to when you was in your deepest depression? Did it change your life for the better? Are you now better equipped to help others during their deepest depression, because you’ve been there, done that, and have got the tee-shirt? Have you learnt a valuable lesson from it, or do you just want to forget about it, because it’s a place you never want to re-visit?
Be it depression or mania, if we try to ignore past episodes, it may leave us ill prepared when it returns to bite us in the arse! I read somewhere a while ago, that while a writer was going through a mild depression, it gave him a creative spark.
As we all know, mania on the other hand gives us tremendous value when it’s low enough. As we know when it’s to intense it can get us in all sorts of trouble. It’s quite interesting really, if we look at the relationship between how much we value the experience, and how well we understand and function during an episode. I think if we look into the meaning of an episode, (depression or mania) we can function better than someone that only looks at making the experience go away. Perhaps I’m totally wrong in the way I’m looking at this, but for me personally, it makes sense to prepare ourselves for the next episode that could be lurking around the corner.
It would be interesting to see how you all cope with episodes. Do you just try to forget about your experiences? Or do you try to find a meaning to why the episode came on in the first place? Answers on a postcard please, lol. 😊👍