Depression: The Way out of Your Prison

By Dorothy Rowe | Go to book overview

Chapter 9

LEAVING THE PRISON

As you work at understanding and accepting yourself and understanding and accepting other people, you may come to the conclusion that there are things about yourself that you cannot change. You have to live with the consequences of past ignorance and past mistakes. You may now see clearly that you are engaged upon work which has little meaning for you, and that to leave the prison of depression behind you forever you need to find some other work which you would find interesting and important, but making such a change may not be easy, and you have financial commitments. You may now see clearly that your partner can never give you the marriage that you want, and that staying in this marriage will mean that you will often be lonely, but you do not want to abandon someone who loves and needs you. Searching your past for clues about your present you have stumbled upon long-forgotten memories whose poignancy and sadness are nearly unbearable. How much easier it would be to stay in the prison whose dimensions you know so well! There you might not be happy but you are safe.

However, once we know something we cannot unknow it, although we can lie to ourselves that we have. The prisoner who has glimpsed freedom cannot rest easy in his cell. Once you have seen the open door of your prison you have to go through it.

So you gather together every shred of courage and step through the open door. Outside you find freedom and a new kind of happiness, a happiness tinged with sadness. Now you can see clearly that you had brought from your childhood a

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface vii
  • Preface to the Second Edition ix
  • Preface to the Third Edition x
  • Acknowledgements xiv
  • Chapter 1 - The Prison 1
  • Chapter 2 - Inside the Prison 4
  • Chapter 3 - How to Build Your Prison 12
  • Chapter 4 - The Depression Story 101
  • Chapter 5 - Why Not Leave the Prison? 114
  • Chapter 6 - Why I Won't Leave the Prison 119
  • Chapter 7 - Outside the Wall: Living with a Depressed Person 162
  • Chapter 8 - Suppose I Did Want to Leave the Prison, What Should I Do? 208
  • Chapter 9 - Leaving the Prison 292
  • Chapter 10 - The Prison Vanishes 301
  • Notes 305
  • Index 317
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