My Side of  Depression

by April Hawkins

Author Don Legun has gone through the deep valley of depression and now has a message of hope that he wants to shout from the mountaintop to all who might be having the same experience. His book, My Side of Depression, was written with the sole purpose of helping others.

Suffering from clinical depression for 16 years, Legun provides insight into the mind of someone dealing with the disease. Describing his emotions as open wounds, Legun would feel pain at the sound of laughter because depression caused him to feel a separation from his body, as if he wanted to be happy like others, but his body would not allow it.

Legun begins his story by pinpointing the cause of his depression to his final year as a Naval officer. Cognitive therapy was prescribed and he was reassigned to a less-stressful job. He later resigned from the Navy and moved to Des Moines to be with his wife, Becky. Unfortunately, this was not the end of this journey with depression, but the beginning. Legun’s depression returned during the stressful closing of a retail business that he had nurtured from its conception and a relocation to the Research Triangle.

Realizing that he wasn’t the only one with irrational thoughts, Legun began to understand that he had a disease. Therapy combined with the right combination of drugs confirmed to Legun that his depression was chemically based and not just emotionally based.

A recent diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome led Legun to seek additional treatment to battle exhaustion. His wife’s gynecologist was studying correlations between chronic fatigue syndrome and adrenal fatigue. As a result of testing, it was discovered that the neurotransmitters in his brain were not firing properly. Prescribed supplements to battle this fatigue has given back Legun his sense of humor as well as a sense of stability and confidence and the desire to share his experience with others.

In addition to telling about his personal battle with depression, Legun lists several symptoms of depression: lack of eye contact, a feeling of despair, constant fatigue, and irritability.