Author Kellan Fluckiger spent time with Yoleen Naidoo on the show 'A Book of Encouragement'recently. Kellan is the author of the best selling book Tightrope of Depression. A Book of Encouragement interviews an author once a month in their book club.
This book was chosen because depression is a silent killer in our communities. The book makes us realise the repetition of the cycle of depression. It is an excellent book and resource for anyone going through depression or anyone who has family members going through depression.
The author wrote the book because he spent his life with undiagnosed depression, once he sought help and was fully recovered, he had to write the book. Mr Fluckiger's episode with depression started at the age of 17. Decades later, at 54 he finally got treatment. When asked why he wrote the book, he said, he wrote to give hope to people with depression or people with loved ones with depression.
The American Psychiatric Association defines depression as a major depressive disorder- is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Fortunately, it is also treatable. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:
- Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
- Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
- Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
- Loss of energy or increased fatigue
- Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
- Feeling worthless or guilty
- Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Symptoms must last at least two weeks for a diagnosis of depression.
The interview was relatable and down to heart sincere. You should watch it! It is touching to note that Mr Fluckiger who had experienced depression for most of his life described medications as bandaids, not the cure for depression. The cure starts when the individual comes to terms with their core and making peace within themselves. There was also some talk about faith helping as well. They talked about the benefits of talking through bouts of depression. Many times, our mental health will improve if we can just talk to people we trust.