Seeing Beyond Depression

Paulist Press, 2001

This brief and elegant volume is full of hope. Vanier explores depression as a wounding of the heart that sends individuals into a deep abyss of anguish, apathy, loneliness, and despair. It is an illness we cannot treat ourselves.
When we are depressed, we have to rely on the kindness of others, especially those friends who are in a heart-to-heart relationship with us. Vanier is convinced that it is important to put words to the pain of depression and to have faith in the sun that is shining behind the dark clouds. But perhaps the best medicine is relying upon a network of friends who love and accept us. Vanier concludes: "Depression is a painful reality, a crisis, but at the same time crisis can bring us to greater freedom if we discover how to live with it and how to move towards healing."