As the world knows from the tragic suicide of Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz, clinical depression can and often does kill. Like Sandy Hook, Connecticut was the wake up call about violence, Swartz's suicide might finally put the spotlight on how potentially devastating depression can be. Along with geniuses like Swartz, writers and lawyers have above average rates of depression.
Swartz' mantra, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL reports, had been "Lean into the pain." From my knowledge of Eastern philosophy such as Buddhism, that's a fit with the fundamental not to resist or run from pain but instead to embrace it, watch it, and then do what it takes to prevent its hardening into suffering.
For some reason that failed Swartz. The hard-core depressives among us know how quickly darkness can fall. Depression is an unstable state. In a New York minute, as it might have been for Swartz, it can become resistant to medication, therapy, and even the wisdom of the ages. My beef is why haven't the scientific and healthcare communities been able to help us more? Since entering puberty age age 11 and a lifelong struggle with depression, I have felt, "Hey, girl, you're on your own, including staying alive."