If you’ve never watched Andrew Solomon’s TED talk, Depression, the secret we share, you’re in for something of a unique treat. Solomon is the award-winning author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, and his talk breaks down the realities of depression, the transformative power of therapy, and his experiences with medication.
For almost 30 minutes, Solomon shares insightful and relatable observations on the subject of depression. I’ve tried so many times to explain the way that my depression often feels like utter nonsense ; Solomon captures that experience perfectly:
And one of the things that often gets lost in discussions of depression is that you know it’s ridiculous. You know it’s ridiculous while you’re experiencing it. You know that most people manage to listen to their messages and eat lunch and organize themselves to take a shower and go out the front door and that it’s not a big deal, and yet you are nonetheless in its grip and you are unable to figure out any way around it.
The talk is sometimes funny, and sometimes uplifting, but mostly it’s relatable. If you want to understand more about depression or you simply want validation for your own experiences, it’s well worth the watch.