In the book the author defines various types of stress reaction ... the well-known "fight or flight" which is contrasted by a lesser-known "tend & befriend" (what makes doing volunteer work a successful strategy for the depressed) ... but she also defines a "defeat response". When reading this, I was amazed to find an almost point-for-point description of how I've been feeling:
This was screaming of the page at me.
I really can't wait to get this book finished, because it's been pretty remarkable so far, and I'm hoping there's going to be something (more substantial than what follows that particular quote) about how to dig oneself out of that hole ... because having "lost motivation, hope, and desire" and being in a place where it's "impossible to imagine any action I could take that would improve the situation" are so dead-on for my life right now. Sucks to be me ... but you knew that.