‘Battling Depression’ and other Metaphors that Reveal Truth Yet Obscure Understanding

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"The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness." Fyodor Dostoevsky Someone recently asked me, “Why do people suffering from depression always call their struggle a battle? What are they battling?” I thought about it, a good question. And then said, “I wonder if you understand the importance, and complexity, of this question.” Sure, I use those words about depression. “It’s a battle.” I’ve heard them. Read them. Where did it come from? Why do I/we say that? I’ve never been to a battle. Never seen one. Certainly haven’t fought in one. I doubt most people with depression have. [...] Continue reading

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