Life Beyond Chronic Depression

Tom feels like there is nothing here for him, except for sorrow. Listen-in as Dawson encourages him that there is a life for him, beyond his chronic depression.


(Introduction) When your student or young adult is in crisis, where can you turn for help… a call with Dawson McAllister.

Dawson: Hey Tom, I’m glad you called me tonight. How can I help you?

Tom: Ever since I was like 13, I’ve been seriously thinking about suicide, but I’ve been sticking it out this long. And I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t know what to do. I just feel like there’s nothing here for me, but sorrow, heartache, and headaches.

Dawson: You’ve got chronic depression.

Tom: I mean yeah, but it’s not like I’m chemically imbalanced. I’ve been seeing a therapist all my life. I’m on medication, and it doesn’t help… none of this stuff helps. Pretty much all the people I grew up with, around my area, are either hooked on drugs, in rehab, in jail, or dead.

I just try so hard to make my life better. I just feel like I can’t win, no matter what I do, day-in and day-out things blow up in my face.

Dawson: You’ve seen some horrific things.

Tom: Yeah

Dawson: Some you’ve brought on yourself.

Tom: Yeah, I know.

Dawson: At the end of the day, you have to say, okay:

Am I going to go back to a therapist?

Am I going to keep my search going?

Or am I going to quit?

Other than that, you’re going to walk around as a professional victim. But the fact is, you’re still alive. So, I would interpret that as somebody bigger than you and me – wants you to be alive and has a life for you beyond this dark cloud that’s over you.

(Conclusion) It’s a tough world for teens and young adults, is a safe place for them to find help. And you can find help for them at:

Your Friend,
Tim Altman
President and CEO
Dawson McAllister Association/TheHopeLine, Inc.

One thought on “Life Beyond Chronic Depression

  1. Thanks for sharing, Tim. I could hear Dawson’s loving voice in that narrative. Bless you

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