“It’s a great thief,” my patient said.
Depression, along with many other forms of what we still call “mental illness,” can change our personality for a while.
We can experience no pleasure or joy.
We often don’t realize, but when life feels good enough, we enjoy it. So many experiences each day make life interesting, fun, worth liking and caring about.
Then one day, nothing matters and we wonder how we ever lived another way.
We wonder where that person went and if they’re ever coming back.