"There is a beast that dwells in the shadows of all of us. If it were to approach, you would not notice until it landed heavily on your shoulders, until it dragged you down with a solid sense of hopelessness. By the time you feel this weight, it is too late to escape. Your energy, your enthusiasm, and your sense of direction are already being devoured from within.
Enter the Beast
The Beast of Depression is multifaceted and a changeling because it adopts many different forms for different people. For some, the Beast might appear in the form of elongated tears, pining and longing, while others experience short, intense bursts of anger and irritability. Problems arise when people expect the tears but miss the other signs.
Can you recognize the multifaceted Beast of Depression in any of these guises?
The over-sleeping fatigue of an excessive bed-dweller
The stooped head of an over-worker
The dead-eyed smile of the dark-hearted laugher
The gorging mess of an over-eater
The fire and flash of the explosive aggressor
The deadpan indifference of the flat, numbed-out non-feeler
The disappearing act of the isolator."
Read more in Beyond the Blue, out now in paperback and ebook.
Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC
Psychotherapist, author of Beyond the Blue, and LGBTQ+ advocate