Surprised, with the topic of my article! Well, Depression really does a lot to heal the human mind! A depression once in life is better than no depression anytime. I don’t mean a severe blow of depression. I just mean a depression which is low in intensity and short in duration. This short-lived, less severe depression can create miracles in directing the human mind to the right and justified path. A person can come out to be more mature after a short and mild blow of depression. Things turn good to the side of the person after this bearable blow.
Let’s see how. I know many patients who had mild depression in their early life and turned out to be very mature and skillful; handling situations, judging the risk rightly, avoiding stupid mistakes while deciding and being cautious and agreeable are all the learned attributed of a pre-depressed patient. “Mike, why do you ride your bike slowly? You were never like this before. I clearly remember you use to ride fast and also unsafe. From where did you gain this maturity? Are you changed?” asked Mike’s friend. Mike replied with a very mature gesture and tone, “Why should I ride fast? I now know what an accident can do. I have seen so many people losing life and essentials of life just by a fast ride.” Actually, Mike has not realized what the recent mild blow of depression has done to him. He still doesn’t realize that after getting depressed, he has started evaluating things that can become a cause of future depression. He now knows most ways to avoid severe depression. It is not that he was unaware of leading his life before. But before depression he was a lost man with no wise judgment about the sorrows and pains that can be induced by foolish ways. Mike wants to avoid a severe depression in his life. He knows depression can also be caused by losing a limb in an accident. And Mike now won’t take that foolish risk. He will make sure that every possibility of depression-penetration in his life is avoided.
Don’t you think Mike has learnt a lot from his depression? I have never known a person who came out to be more foolish after depression attack. It is like fire. If you go near the fire you feel the heat, and then you learn that if you will touch it what the consequences can be. You have realized this just by feeling the heat of the fire, you are not burnt. Similarly, those people who suffer from mild depression understand how hot severe depression actually is, and therefore they will take every precaution of not going near it. This knowledge of the pain of depression can also be gained by facing sorrows but the effect of mild depression is more. I would hereby conclude that blessed are the people who face a mild depression once in their early life and thereby lead a mature life than those who foolishly deal with their life without even evaluating the risks that they are taking. Thus, mild depression plays the role of immunizing the body from severe depression. Also, mild depression prepares the mind for future sorrows and severe depression. Someone who has suffered earlier from mild depression can respond more positively to medication and counseling than someone who’s first blow of depression was a severe one.