‘Hope’ is a Branch!

It is critical to keep believing that there is a way out of this mental oppression because, if nothing else, it will breed hope in even the worst of suffering. And ‘hope’ is the branch you cling on to with all your strength to prevent being swept by the current and hurled mercilessly into the crushing fate of the waterfall.

However, before we can embrace this belief – or make it a conviction, we must view depression as something other than just a ‘dark and mysterious place’ because the danger in this type of thinking is that it cultivates hopelessness which is in and of itself, a debilitating symptom of depression. Rather, we should view it as a dark place with an identifiable way out – or a conceptual ‘exit’, so to speak.

This is why I associate the deep well concept to depression. The deep well of depression metaphor best illustrates my perception of what it is like living with mental illness. The conceptual features that make up the anatomy of this deep, dark well are described on this site (here), however, one very important feature is the ladder that extends up and out of the dark well – which symbolizes the ‘way out’ and serves as the branch (i.e. the impetus for hope) in this disorder.


“If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic.” ― Irvin D. Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept