A glass of wine might make you feel really mellow and even ~ gasp! (That’s how I finally realized that I was depressed.) You feel like you’re wasting your life.Some people have a high sensitivity to the inherent meaning in what we do.My life’s work is to help writers and artists recognize their depression and find healing by making their creative work a priority.

You may feel like you have no real reason to be depressed. You have to admit vulnerability and allow that you are not the all-conquering superhero you thought you were.

Because you realize that you and your life need to change, which feels like more work piled on your plate.

Our depression may not be completely disabling, but it’s real.

“I once read that succumbing to depression doesn’t mean you are weak, but that you have been trying to be strong for too long, which is maybe a form of denial.

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Part 2: 10 Ways to Walk Away from Depression Part 3: When Medication Isn’t Enough: Rethinking Depression with Eric Maisel Note: I wrote this article to raise awareness of low-grade depression, which many people don’t recognize in themselves. Are you a writer or artist who gets depressed when you can't create the way you want?I'd love to tell you the story of my journey out of depression.That’s what severe depression can look like, and it’s a terrible and potentially deadly illness.Most people would notice those signs, realize something was wrong, and hopefully get some help.This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive or to diagnose anyone.