Depression: Driven to despair

| December 04, 2001

The good news is that there can be a route to recovery. “Before I developed depression, I had always loved driving a truck,” says Nizer, the trucker who began sleeping excessively. “By the time I was diagnosed, I hated it. I didn’t want to go to work. I didn’t even want to get out of bed. I did only because of economic necessity. But now my old self is back. I love what I do maybe even more than I remembered.”

For Desmarais, the road to stability has included quitting drinking. He says it’s hard to take steps to get better when you feel so bad, but it’s worth it. “It’s amazing the changes that came up,” Desmarais says. “It’s like breathing freely after suffering from asthma all your life. It takes the darkness out of living.”

Charles Cox contributed to the depression stories.

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