Thank you for sharing your perspective, Jeff. I never experienced a “real” depressive episode myself (or this is at least what I believe), so I always hesitate to write about the experience of people with depression. But I think I can grasp the mechanisms of what you just described — as in, the difference between the “open and expansive” mind and the “closed and clinging” one. I suspect we all experience this difference, maybe just some of us more intensely than others.

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