As I have previously posted, we deal with depression in our home -- not just "ho, hum" bummed out kind of depression -- but a serious, debilitating disease called major depressive disorder. My husband had been battling this disorder before Peter was diagnosed, but certainly the stress of having to provide and care for a child with an expensive and life-threatening condition has worsened it.
I feel like we are in "depression recovery" right now (thanks to medication and therapy), there are still periods of extreme melancholy where his depression does the talking like tonight: "I wish I had cancer and could die and leave this all behind." These depressive periods usually last only about 3 or 4 days, but they are tough on everyone.
At this time, I often feel a need to search out more education and support. It's helpful to remind myself that yes, this is a disease; it's not something to be ashamed of, and I'm not alone.
I really enjoyed watching this video from Stanford University tonight. In it, Dr. Robert Sapolsky explains both the biology and psychological roots of major depression in an interesting and often humorous way. If you have someone in your family or a friend who deals with depression, please take a look. I think you will appreciate this as I have.