• Kate Malazonia

Love and Depression

Updated: Nov 19

Depression is a topic that my mind has been pondering over recently and it is something that I am trying to get my head around. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the following article caught my eye when I was scrolling through the news this week. The article is titled "‘It is a flaw in our cells that becomes a flaw in love’: doctor Siddhartha Mukherjee on the search for a cure for depression", and it is one that was truly insightful to me.

The article is an autobiographical piece and is beautifully written in the form of a hyperbole. Personal and intricately crafted, it delves into what it truly feels like to have depression "wash" over your whole life. What I find truly remarkable about this article is that it is written in the point of view of a scientist who understands cell anatomy and biology a lot better than the average person, yet, he could not find a scientific explanation for why he felt the way he did and most importantly, why he could not get himself out of it. He claims that his "anguish is one of cellular anguish."

While depression was once dubbed "a flaw in love", the article suggests that it is in fact a flaw in cell biology. While I partly agree with this statement, I cannot do so without explanation. I have seen depression in many of my close friends and while it is something that can be caused biologically, it is also something that can develop from trauma - both childhood and present. While some people may be more prone to depression because of their biology, it can happen to the best of us when we least expect it.

It is nice to think of depression as having one great "cure", however, depression is the human experience and the only way to truly manage it (not cure it) is to gear ourselves the tools we need to overcome difficult points in our lives. These tools can be in how we talk to ourselves, different in types of therapy, in making sure we have a support system guiding us or in knowing what makes us that little bit happier. Medication can be used to help us transition from a state of no-function to being somewhat functional so that we have a good foundation to start building these tools within our minds.

So....here is some food for thought for you. What makes you that little bit happier? Who can you rely on in your life to talk with you through your lowest lows and your darkest thoughts? Do you educate yourself enough on mental health to know what resources you have when/if it hits you out of nowhere? What brings you simple joys in life?

From one human to another...never stop trying. There are happier days ahead, ready to be found.

Love Always,


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