You learn that Pat, someone you care about very deeply, is being held in a dungeon. Perhaps Pat managed to get a direct message to you. Perhaps you just noticed Pat’s absence at work, leisure activities, church, or school. Either way, because you care so much about Pat, you decide to make a rescue. You manage to break into the dungeon and find Pat’s cell. The cell is shrouded in an eerie black fog, which even the flashlight on your cell phone cannot penetrate. In the dark corner you can barely make out a figure. As you approach, the figure looks up. It’s Pat! You try to tell Pat to come with you, but the eerie fog muffles sound, distorting the words into unintelligible garble. However, Pat stands up and you turn to lead the way out of the cell. But Pat doesn’t follow. Turing around, you see Pat sitting back on the floor, head down. You hear the guards coming. Time is running out. You grab Pat’s arm, urging him/her to follow. Resistance. You can hear the guards getting closer. You have no choice but to leave Pat behind and run for safety.

     Back at home, confusion, frustration, even anger overwhelm you. Why wouldn’t Pat just follow? Does Pat want to stay in that terrible, dark dungeon? Doesn’t Pat realize the great effort you made to rescue him/her?

      When planning an escape, you must understand what keeps the person imprisoned. What you didn’t see through the gloom were the shackles on Pat’s feet, chaining him/her to the wall. Pat had managed to break free from those chains once, so the guards inserted a microchip in Pat’s neck. If Pat tried to leave the cell, the microchip would cause a powerful shock, rendering Pat unconscious. Pat would wake up in pain and mental agony. One time, the guards had Pat out of the cell. Pat managed to get away long enough to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Right as Pat experienced that glimmer of hope, he/she felt a rough blow to the head and passed out. Pat woke up in the cell, badly beaten, chained, and micro-chipped. The eerie fog sapped all hope, joy, and happy memories until all that remained was pain and emotional torment.

     You arrived some time after that. You couldn’t see the chains nor the microchip. You had no idea the torture Pat had experienced. All you knew was Pat got up, then sat right back down again. If you had understood what held Pat prisoner, you would have been able to orchestrate a successful escape by getting the necessary help and tools, and making sure you had all the time required to get Pat to freedom.

     That, my friend, is what this book is all about. I want to help you to understand the dungeon of depression from as many angles as possible. I want to equip you with tools to help orchestrate the Great Escape for someone you care about. The dungeon of depression is complex, at times very deep, and is filled with a dark fog that twists reality. The journey to freedom is rarely quick, but it is always worth the effort!