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2020 Depression: Why Grief is Good

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03.06.2020

A man dies before my eyes, an unrelenting knee on his neck. Protests turn violent. Looting in the streets, tear gas, city-wide curfews. I switch the channel. A pandemic rages, millions lose their livelihoods, the world is masked and strange to me. I feel numb one minute, overwhelmed the next, and still I can’t stop watching.

As part of my recovery from mental illness, I’ve found it essential to identify and label my feelings. It makes it easier to describe them to my doctor, plus it soothes me to think that someone else has been there before, at least long enough to give the emotion a name. But lately I’ve found this identification process quite a struggle, no doubt because these times are unprecedented and nobody really knows what’s going on, let alone what the hell to call it.

Am I anxious? Irritable? Angry? Morose? All of the above, all at once? It doesn’t make sense that I should feel lethargic at the same time I’m restless, or that I should crave........

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