From 'As Days Grow Shorter, Out of Darkness Groups Walk to Prevent Depression, Suicide'


Steve Iselin served in the Navy for 20 years. He retired 13 years ago, and started looking for another job. That's also when he began feeling despair.

"I had a great sense of dread every day. Agony is another word that comes to mind," he said. "I didn't want to do anything that I would normally like to do. I had no interest in seeing other people. I actually got a job, but after one week I quit my job because I was telling myself I couldn't do it. I had no self-confidence. Anything I did was hard. Every decision I had to make was just impossible, including what would I wear that day or what would I eat for lunch."
Iselin was suffering from depression, which is very different from being sad or having a bad day.

"In the U.S., about 20 million people are diagnosed every year with clinical depression," said Bob Gebbia, who heads the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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