Recovering From Depression and Difficulty: Finding Meaning in Adversity

October 15, 2014

In this video, Dr Andrew Solomon talks about how psychiatrists and psychologists can help depressed or traumatized patients foster resilience, without trivializing their pain.

What are the mechanisms of resilience for people dealing with major depression or other life challenges? Is it better to run from such difficulties once they are resolved, and never look back, or to incorporate them into a fluent life narrative?

In this brief video, Andrew Solomon, PhD, author of The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression and Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity, reflects on both depression and the experiences of parents whose children have various stigmatized illnesses or identities. He talks about how psychiatrists and psychologists may support depressed or traumatized patients foster resilience by helping them to find meaning in their travails without trivializing their pain.

Dr Solomon is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University and Special Advisor on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Mental Health at Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

You can listen to his TED Talks by clicking on these links.

How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are

Depression, the secret we share

Love, no matter what