I’m in the middle of writing a much longer piece about Andrew Solomon’s National Book Award Winning book The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression.
It has moved me and fascinated me like few other books I can think of. I have no firsthand experience with clinical depression that I am aware of, in myself or in others who I have been close with.
For this conversation, pretend that Noonday Demon is literally the most accurate portrayal of depression. It is as real as it gets and the best chance for someone without depression to understand what it is like to be clinically depressed.
So for those of you who have actually suffered, or do suffer, from depression, do you suspect that a book like this would make you feel less alone, or would the portrayal itself have the potential to become its own triggering event?
Would it comfort you or would it depress you? Can you even tell?
I know this can’t be easy to talk about, so don’t share anything you don’t want to. Or feel free to email me if that is easier.
I am also interested in having guest posts from anyone with depression, if that interests you in the slightest.