The hardest part about depression is understanding how dark and powerless it feels.
There are ways to make it better, but first there needs to be understanding and space to be not ok. This includes situational or occasional episodes, no one chooses this for themselves. Often young adults have it the worst, and it can get better for most.
Update 03/2014: We now have a post about Identifying & Managing Situational Depression as well as some new resources.
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Best resource for understanding the EXPERIENCE OF DEPRESSION here:
Adventures in Depression Part 1
Adventures in Depression Part 2
(There is also a book on her site.)
My 21 Tips on Keeping It Together During Depression By Rosalind Robertson
“This list will not cure you. This list will not flip on the happy switch. God, I wish it were that easy. The theme here is to not to unknowingly sabotage yourself. All these little things? Like your blood sugar, or watching nonstop episodes of House, or endless Try Harder lectures from your Perpetually Perky sister? They all make dealing with depression just a tiny bit harder than it needs to be. And it’s hard enough, all on its own. ”
The resources below are not depression specific, but are often crucial to understanding bright people who are showing up as either unable to focus, anxious or depressed.
Executive Function Series – relevant to ADHD/ADD and ASD from Musing of an Aspie
“Executive function (EF) is a broad term that refers to the cognitive processes that help us regulate, control and manage our thoughts and actions. It includes planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, cognitive flexibility, initiation of actions and monitoring of actions.”
Asynchronous Development by Jean Goerss on SENG
“I don’t want to be gifted, Mom! I hate school!” cried my son after a particularly hard day. What makes a child want to deny who he is?
“He has to learn to deal with all kinds of people and situations eventually. You are being over-protective.” intoned the principal. “Boys will be boys, after all.”
Is he right? After 10 years of investigation, I conclude, no.
Why Procrastinators Procrastinate and How to Beat Procrastination
“The procrastinator’s problems run deep, and it takes something more than “being more self-disciplined” or “changing his bad habits” for him to change his ways—the root of the problem is embedded in his Storyline,…”
ADDitude Magazine: Teen and Young Adult
Has a lot of resources on teen depression and gaining independence. I have not read all of these so use your judgement and do not take it as an endorsement of all content.
SENG Online Parent Support Groups
“Parents play an essential role in the life of their gifted child, but parenting a gifted child can be lonely. Many parents feel isolated from resources they need to successfully parent their gifted child.”
Twice Exceptional on Hoagies
“These children truly are exceptional. Not only are they gifted, but they are also coping with learning challenges or disabilities. It is our responsibility to give these students the extra assistance they need to become successful.”