“I know you used to be depressed for a long time, and I want to know what your motivation was to change something to not live that way anymore?”

“I think it’s important to have something to do, something to look forward to, and something to love. If you have those three things in place, then…it is not a cure-all for depression…it’s not a cure-all for mental health issues…but it’s a place to hang your hat. It’s something around which you can build your day. It’s a starting off; it’s a foundation, at least…to go from there.”

– Wentworth Miller at German Comic con, 09. 12. 2017.

I would fight for him. I’m not even in his fandom(s?), but his comments on mental health have warmed my shriveled little heart (and are very much in line with current psychological theory and practice).

Something to love doesn’t have to be a person. Maybe your dog is what gets you out of bed in the morning. Something to do doesn’t have to be a job–it just has to give you a structure and a sense of purpose, so if volunteering at the senior center or going to the pool for a lap every day is what does it, great!

And something to look forward to can be as big and nebulous as “a career after college” or it can be as concrete as “that book I want to read is coming out next month.”

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