Proposal Essay Depression

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Depression can move in on a person quickly or creep in like a fog. It can be a visceral experience, like a blow to the gut or a heavy burden suddenly pressing down on one’s shoulders. It can affect one’s experience of the world: if it’s sunny outside, somehow it seems dull and cold; if it’s gray, the gray gets heavier. Have you ever been depressed? How do you stand against it; how do you push back the gray veil? How do you cope with depression and even work to break out of it? First, it’s important to know the difference between “the winter blues,” an occasional down day, a week when you’re just feeling off, and longer-lasting, biologically based depression. “Depression is a ‘whole body’ illness, involving your thoughts, mood and…show more content…
I do recommend anything by Bill Withers, especially the soulful “Lean on Me” (“Sometimes in our lives, we all have pain, we all have sorrow, but if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow…”). One song that always cheers me is Dobie Gray’s “Drift Away” (“And when I’m feeling blue, a guitar’s comin’ through to sooth me. Thanks for the joy that you’ve given me…”). Sometimes music can be used as a catalyst, something through which to channel your anger (depression can stem from deep anger [McCrary 1998]) and pain. For that, I recommend Mary J. Blige’s “No More Cryin’” from her The Breakthrough album (2005). Other songs I recommend from that album are “Take Me As I Am” and “Good Woman Down.” Finally, because depression can also stem from fear, I recommend listening to “Mindkiller,” by Adam Freeland off of his Now and Them album (2004). Blast this song and remind yourself that, as the lyrics say, “Fear is the mind killer.” Going for a drive in your car can also be a distraction from the depression, as long as you feel safe in handling the vehicle. You can take your music with you, head east, then turn back toward the Front Range to give yourself full view of the area’s jagged, snow-covered peaks. Or Asmus, page 3 drive right up into the mountains, allowing the music to serve as a soundtrack for each turn in the road. When you break over the top of a hill and have a view of the valley below, use this as a metaphor for your depression—that you
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