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"Be kind to yourself and understand that addressing your emotions and reconciling them takes time."

About P. 

I’m a 29 year old lawyer who runs his own law firm.   

P.’s Story

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What was the major turning point in your recovery from depression?

My life was shattered when my father passed away last year.  His death was sudden and unexpected and I witnessed his life slowly fade over the month he was hospitalized.  Before he was hospitalized my father was a healthy and active 65 year old man, my best friend and the rare type of man that was selfless and loved his family.  My father’s passing left me crippled with grief and overwhelmed with responsibilities.  I feel like I am only now emerging from the fog of this grief.

What are some things that really helped?

Addressing my emotions and trying to work through them.  

  • I was lucky enough to have someone in my life that would sit and listen as opposed to offer advice or share their own experience.   

Being selective with the people I shared with.   

  • While most people have good intentions and are willing to try and listen, few have the listening skills to let you speak or the ability to understand your emotional issues.   

Trying to focus on the many positives in my life instead of my loss.

Focusing on eating right and physical activity.

What advice would you give to other guys fighting depression?

There is no magic or universal fix. Be kind to yourself and understand that addressing your emotions and reconciling them takes time.

– P. is a 29 year old lawyer who runs his own law firm (a stock photograph was used for this post).