You Could Actually Save the Life of Someone You Know or Love
I have a friend – actually more of a ‘friend of a friend’- named Stewart. He is a very likable guy with a heart the size of Texas, as they say. Perhaps you know someone like him. He’s fun. Whenever Stewart’s around, I know I’ll have great laughs from his adventurous stories. He’s thoughtful. Even though I don’t know him well, he sends a ‘Happy Birthday’ email every year. And he’s quite generous. Going out to dinner, he jumps up to pay the tab for the table. Of course, that leads to a rousing round of objections from half the group.
But I sometimes suspect that Stewart may be hiding something, perhaps even from himself. It’s not really obvious, but as a trained psychiatrist, I see something missing in his eyes. They just seem to lack the sparkle that would naturally match those fun stories and great attributes. I’m not saying that he doesn’t have all those attractive traits. I’m just suggesting that he may be covering what is clinically known as Depression.