An answer to most modern depression

Harry Croghan - Contributing Columnist

Turn it off!

Turn off the TV; turn off the radio; turn off your internet news.

Only about one out of 15 stories are of a positive nature, so why load your mind and body with all that negativity? How can you have a positive day with this kind of a start? We are so over-informed regarding stuff we can’t do anything about and all this doesn’t help our day.

Days are to be lived, not endured. We, as a people, have accepted the premise that we need informed about everything — we don’t. It’s not helping us. In fact, it’s hurting us. It starts our day with depressing news. News we have absolutely no control over. If we don’t have and can’t have control over the outcome, we don’t need to know about it especially time and time again. If we could have some control over the outcome that’s a different story.

So, I ask one simple question, why have your hands tied behind you and let some media monster beat you with their stick? It doesn’t make good sense, so why let them do it. You have better and more productive things to do with your time and energy.

Call an old friend and find out how they are doing. Connect with your own personal world. Call your kids or grandkids and say hello, I’m thinking about you. Call a sick person in your church or neighborhood and ask if you can do something to help them. They will most likely turn you down but they will know someone is thinking about them and that’s a very positive thing.

A lot of depression is caused by the feeling of isolation. Trade in your own depression by helping someone else not to feel so isolated. Separation from people is never a good thing. A word here, a call there, an impromptu visit, these things fight depression in ourselves and in others. The world is a wonderful place when you see all that it really offers.

A simple criteria for what we need to know: if we can’t influence it, we don’t need to be constantly mentally, emotionally or physically involved except to offer a prayer for the situation. Turn off the media power switch and do something you know will make a difference.

It will help you and them.

Harry Croghan is an artist, photographer, writer and teacher. He can be reached at 740-852-4906 or by e-mail at

Harry Croghan

Contributing Columnist