Phases Of Recovery
I've always found it helpful when people break down something that's hard to quantify into stages. Overcoming depression definitely qualifies as a difficult to describe process. This is my effort to break the process up into phases. It's imperfect, but I believe it's helpful to think about where you're at and where you need to go next. Click on the pictures below to read about each one.
The life metaphor I would like to use is sailing in a boat on the ocean. Perhaps over time through multiple circumstances you've slowly sprung so many leaks that your boat sank, or maybe tragedy struck and all at once you hit a rock causing your boat to go down. Either way depression hit, and you're left drowning in the middle of the ocean.
The first thing to do is choose life and get to the surface.
After that, we all need a rest and recovery phase.
When some of your feelings return, it's time to start looking for the direction that you want to go.
When you've drifted close enough, it's time to let the driftwood go and swim into shore.
You're almost on solid ground but not quite yet.
Finally, you'll be ready to get back out there and help other drowning people.