"We say that to console us for the loss of Paradise God gave to us alone among all his creatures Hope and Memory. We might rather say, Only because we are creatures burdened with Hope and Memory do we intimate a Paradise that we alone have lost." ~ John Crowley
It is possible (though for the time being unlikely) that, through chemical manipulation, we might locate, control, and eliminate the brain’s circuitry of suffering. I hope we will never do it. To take it away would be to flatten out experience, to impinge on a complexity more valuable than any of its component parts are agonizing. If I could see the world in nine dimensions, I’d pay a high price to do it. I would live forever in the haze of sorrow rather than give up the capacity for pain. But pain is not acute depression; one loves and is loved in great pain, and one is alive in the experience of it.
Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
If you have a negative tendency and you deny it, then you’ve doubled it. If you have a negative tendency and you look at it — which is, in part, what the process of writing allows — then the possibility exists that you can convert it.