My depression, so bleak and anguished, was just crucial, and I couldn’t shake it; it wouldn’t go away. I didn’t know what it was. I was ashamed of it, because it would be there even when things were good, and I would be saying to myself, ‘Really, what have you got to complain about?’ But for people who suffer from acute clinical depression, it is quite irrelevant what the circumstances of your life are.
From A Happy Man by Mireille Silcott, Saturday Night, Canada. September 15, 2001
A summary of Leonard Cohen’s depression, its treatment, and its disappearance is available at Leonard Cohen’s Clinical Depression, Its Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution
I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Feb 20, 2017.