Recovery from Depression
Recently, I saw this encouraging video of a man, Fred Friedman, a former attorney who used to practice law who went through severe depression. He lost everything that mattered to him during a worst time of depression - he lost his wife of 24 years, his law profession of 20 years, and most of his possessions, including his home of 10 years.
Friedman spent five weeks in a mental hospital, ten months in a homeless shelter and more than a year in a nursing home. None of these placements helped him get better. Friedman’s recovery started with his move out of a nursing home and into an apartment, with the help of a social services agency.
Friedman has rebuilt his life with some help and he is now a leading mental health public policy expert in Illinois who can comment on a wide range of related public policy issues. His story of loss and recovery demonstrates how it is possible to rebuilt life and live a useful and purposeful life despite the illness, and even help others who are in the same dire need.
I am thankful to God for helping me to cope with living with depression and bipolar disorder in my own life.
Seeking early treatment is very crucial. Family and friends support is equally important. Here are some coping means that I have found useful in my own experience.
- My Coping Strategies (14)
- Resources for Depression, Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depressive Illness) and others
- Mental Health in Singapore, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, and Special Needs people
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