What the Dark Night is not
The retreat that Martha gave this weekend was probably her best one yet. “When God seems distant” was the theme and I would guess most people on a path seeking God will find themselves in the place in time. Some seem stuck there, but are they? Mother Teresa was in ‘the dark night’ for years, yet she continued her path towards union with God. St. John of the Cross stated that the closer God gets, can sometimes be experienced as an interior darkness. This is because our images of God no longer work, so the light is no longer being filtered through these images. In the dark night there is a longing for God, a thirst to grow in love. There is no isolation or avoidance of others.
The Dark Night is not clinical depression. If depressed one needs to get help and to find support from loved ones, or some organization that works on this issue. Lack of interest, isolation and self medicating through addictive behavior is a sign that one needs help. God also works through others; the healing profession can be very helpful. This also goes for Alternative Medicine, though caution must be used.
Here is a good site for seeking out good Alternative Medicine options.