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From the Ted Talk by Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share

Unscramble the Blue Letters

But in 1994, three years later, I found myself losing interest in almost everything. I didn't want to do any of the things I had previously wtnead to do, and I didn't know why. The opposite of depression is not happiness, but viattliy. And it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment. Everything there was to do seemed like too much work. I would come home and I would see the red light flashing on my answering machine, and instead of being thrilled to hear from my freinds, I would think, "What a lot of people that is to have to call back." Or I would decide I should have lucnh, and then I would think, but I'd have to get the food out and put it on a plate and cut it up and chew it and slaolww it, and it felt to me like the Stations of the Cross.

Open Cloze

But in 1994, three years later, I found myself losing interest in almost everything. I didn't want to do any of the things I had previously ______ to do, and I didn't know why. The opposite of depression is not happiness, but ________. And it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment. Everything there was to do seemed like too much work. I would come home and I would see the red light flashing on my answering machine, and instead of being thrilled to hear from my _______, I would think, "What a lot of people that is to have to call back." Or I would decide I should have _____, and then I would think, but I'd have to get the food out and put it on a plate and cut it up and chew it and _______ it, and it felt to me like the Stations of the Cross.

Solution

  1. lunch
  2. wanted
  3. friends
  4. vitality
  5. swallow

Original Text

But in 1994, three years later, I found myself losing interest in almost everything. I didn't want to do any of the things I had previously wanted to do, and I didn't know why. The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality. And it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment. Everything there was to do seemed like too much work. I would come home and I would see the red light flashing on my answering machine, and instead of being thrilled to hear from my friends, I would think, "What a lot of people that is to have to call back." Or I would decide I should have lunch, and then I would think, but I'd have to get the food out and put it on a plate and cut it up and chew it and swallow it, and it felt to me like the Stations of the Cross.

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Important Words

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