I have a business coaching client – a highly competent manager who has never found the success he desires – who has struggled with clinical depression since his early teens. Over the years he tried many different therapies and medications. Nothing worked. His condition continued to destroy his relationships and career, and, he feared, threaten his life.
I suggested that while we often cannot choose the conditions of our lives, we can choose how we relate to our conditions.
“That’s facile,” he replied. “How does that apply to me?”
“Have you ever considered,” I asked, “what you get from your depression?” Read the rest of this entry »