On depression: “Every organ in your body can get sympathy, except the brain”

Robin Williams in Las Vegas

Depression is something that most of the Whaleoil Crew deal with directly or indirectly every day, all year long.   Some of our most loyal readers have shared their stories with us on occasion.

We all have different experiences of it, and yet, we share a common understanding of some of the ways your life changes when you have or live with someone who has depression.  

In my case, when some people got together with the idea that they could put me under so much pressure that I might (let’s be kind) stop doing what I’m doing, they did so not understanding how depression works for me.  The worse it gets, the more angry I become.  The more angry I become, the more calm I get.  The more calm I get, the more I think of ways to change the world around me.

Depressed people are not victims.  They just have different ways of seeing the world, and working with it.

You are not a passenger of your life.  You are the driver.  And in case of the brain, this is especially true.  Check out this video, and the concept of neuroplasticity.



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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.