Alexa Winchell: It Dares Me to Live
Depression - paradox! Dares me to live. The search for meaning and medicine has led me into the metabolic - the matter of it, the dear body and the basics. Air, water, nourishment, warmth, rest, sleep, movement, engagement, relation - love. Touch. Mercy. The heart turned inside out teaches me to mother, to reach out and listen in, to witness, to presence myself to pain, to treat vulnerability as vocation and mourning as meaning. If major depression is a disease, it is an existential one. It affects the entire person, and must be treated as such. As Andrew Solomon said, "The opposite of depression is not happiness; it is vitality." Engage the vital force that infuses all mind and matter and we're halfway home.