In the book, Morning Has Broken, Phil talks about the day he broke free from his crippling depression. Shortly after his ECT treatments, Phil's younger brother lost his long battle with brain cancer.
"[My brother] came to visit me at the psych ward, he said, 'Phil, life is for the living and I love you and I promise you're going to get better,'" he says. "And in fact, I did. When he died, that next morning I woke up and it was the first time in two and a half years that I got out of bed and actually wanted to live."
Emme says she immediately knew that the man she married was back. "I could see in his eyes," she says. "When someone is depressed, they go away. ... And that next morning, he was back."
Phil and Emme credit his recovery
to a loving family and access to the best treatments. As one of millions who
have suffered from depression, Phil says he felt that it was important to tell
his story. "Everyone has their own story," he says. "But if we can talk about
it, we can help to initiate change."