This is a brief multimedia narrative I created in response to the following question:
What is the connection between your faith and your experience of depression?
The data I used to respond to this question included:
written and visual journals
music I composed and recorded
images of places in nature that are important to me
a longer film on this topic I made earlier in the research process
Not each piece of data I considered made it into the finished product, but all of it informed the process in one way or another.
Working with images and sound in this way provides an opening for unspoken and unconscious aspects of the story of living with prolonged episodes of deep sadness to emerge. Bearing witness to the narrative can help amplify clinical case studies and augment written accounts such as the dissertation I am preparing on this topic.
The intention of using multimedia tools in my research process is to not only make room for creative and liminal information, but to make the work accessible to more people.
The etiology and management of depression that is severe enough to impede functioning is a complex topic. There are differences of opinion, controversy, and ongoing debate as to how to best serve those living with deep emotional suffering. In the three decades I have lived with the cluster of thoughts, physiological symptoms, and behaviors associated with depression, I have held a variety of beliefs about what I was experiencing myself.
Through the assembling, witnessing, and analysis of the stories of people who have lived with profound episodic sadness over a long period of time, we can connect with the truth of the experience more vividly, more authentically, and with more informed empathy.
Music Credits: all music composed, performed & recorded by Juko with live & electronic instruments.