Claire Dederer

Claire Dederer
Claire Dederer's essays, criticism and reporting have appeared in Vogue, The New York Times, Slate, Yoga Journal, Real Simple and The Nation. She lives on an island near Seattle.

Secondhand Yoga

Claire Dederer by Claire Dederer | January 25th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga

Cartoon man doing yogaFor years, my husband struggled with depression. He doesn’t feel depressed these days, thank goodness, and hasn’t for a while. But for a while there things were pretty rough. I’ve thought a lot about the part I played in his depression. I know, I know, this sounds like a classic co-dependent attitude. But the fact is, during the years my husband was depressed, I myself was a young mother, overwhelmed, uptight and rigid with fear that I was going to screw up. I can’t help but think that we were feeding off each other.