One of the most painful lessons in life is to learn about the dynamics of clinical depression - through experiencing it. When Jesse Jackson, Jr., who has a JD from the University of Illinois College of Law, leaves the Mayo Clinic he will have much to share about his ordeal. That could help lawyers who, as most of us know, suffer a higher than average rate of depression as well as substance abuse and suicide.
Rcently, his father told POLTICO that Jackson still hasn't been able to shake the depression. That's tragic but not really a surprise to those of us who have been through that emotional wringer. The reality is: Medicine knows so little about depression. It seems to know even less about substance abuse and offing oneself.
From the age of 11 to the age of 66 I bounced from treatment to treatment - talk, pharmaceutical, spiritual, 12-step. For the past 18 months I have been okay. Not great. Just okay. I know I can learn something important from Jackson.