• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Photo: Headshot of Rich Barlow, an older white man with dark grey hair and wearing a grey shirt and grey-blue blazer, smiles and poses in front of a dark grey backdrop.

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 6 comments on POV: Lincoln Struggled with Depression. What We Can Learn from It Today

  1. Thank you so much for this important pov. I struggled mightily with depression starting as a teenager, but mental health wasn’t as openly acknowledged or addressed back then the way it is now. It wasn’t until my late 30s that the symptoms could be identified as far back as my childhood, and was able to start addressing what came to be diagnosed as clinical major depression.

    Medication can help in some cases, but it is not a cure. You still have to do the work on yourself. Taking a nod from Barlow and Lincoln, pursuing activities (professional or extra curricular) that you are passionate about and bring meaning and joy to your life helps a lot. Find a therapist you’re comfortable talking to or mode of therapy that works for you. Keep a routine–actually set aside time in your calendar to work on your pursuits of passion, for therapy, and for regular exercise. These things have helped immeasurably to avoid my depressive lows.

    Now middle-aged, I can finally say that I am experiencing true fulfillment, satisfaction, happiness, and health in life.

    1. I am so happy you have learned to be there for yourself. I have also come out of that dark space and now want to teach others how to do it. It’s true medicine alone cannot help because it’s not just about the body (and brain), it’s about the soul.
      Keep nourishing yours.

      1. Thank you for the kind words, Karin. And so happy you found your way out of the dark, too. Such a great way to put it… it’s about the soul. Spot on. Reminds me that mindfulness and mediation have also greatly helped me along my journey.

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