I was going to write about the difference between dark nights and depression, but realize I am not really qualified to write about that topic.
So instead, I’ll write about some of the characteristics of the dark nights from own experience, and for my own benefit.
The initial dark night (the dark night of the senses) happened in my mid-teens.
It started with identification as what witnesses and the world seemed to retreat and appeared far away. It lasted for almost exactly a year, and more must have happened but I cannot remember exactly what. I and the doctors were convinced I had an illness, but even with extensive tests they couldn’t figure out what.