Treating Depression and the Return of Color

When Depression Lifts

When process traverses depression, many factors both internal and external contribute to the low mood and the loss of interest.  But interest is not simply a tool we pick up off the shelf.

Stewart, in his typography of archetypal affects, identifies interest as an autonomous archetypal energy.  From a psychoanalytic perspective, such a loss can be approached just as we might work with a client who has lost his rage or cannot hold their shame.  Finding interest needs to be seen not simply as implementing an ego tool (get a hobby) but as the integration of a powerful energy which infuses consciousness with the spice of life, or what I’m here relating to as the color.

The loss of interest, when placed in this context opens up two opportunities.  First, the appropriate grief associated with the magnitude of what is missing gets recognized and processed.  Then the quest for the missing color can be undertaking, a journey with carries all the trials and tribulations noted in the search for the ever elusive grail.

Author: Richard Reeve

I'm the Senior Director of Development at Panthera, a global conservation organization committed to stemming the population decline of cats in the wild. I enjoy rural living with my wife Judith and our two children in the Catskill Mountains of New York.