Living at the Speed of Life

Living at the Speed of Life

by Marc Kohn

Marc Kohn“I’m back!” That was the phrase I’d said to myself starting in middle school when my malaise lifted and a cycle of joy came around. I seemed to live in a world moving in slow motion. It was only when “I was back” that I returned to normal life speed. This slow-to-normal oscillation went on well into my thirties. But I had no idea I was depressed.

At 28, I married a woman 7 years older and gained two stepdaughters. Two years later we had a son. Adjusting to an instant family and working in a high-pressure job editing programs for the Discovery Channel made life at home and work extremely stressful. There were days at work when I just could not function. I just closed the door and sat there. And there were nights after work when I had to psyche myself up to go in the house and deal with “the family.” But I never thought I had a problem. I never considered that an underlying condition was hampering my ability to handle the stress. I thought, “this is just how life is.”

Stress, Breakdown, and Depression

I endured the stress for 15 years, but then I suddenly started to sweat and shake at night. But I just dealt with it until one day when I couldn’t walk down the front steps to get in the car. I just sat down and started crying. I couldn’t function. I went for a physical. My health factors were good, and I passed the stress test without a problem. So physically I was fine.

I saw a therapist who diagnosed depression right away. I started on a drug therapy, and a few weeks later I was a completely different person. I was living at the speed of life all the time now! I couldn’t believe the feeling: “This is how normal people feel every day?” I loved my newfound life; I had more passion, creativity, drive, enthusiasm…every day! I enjoyed going to work, being with my family, and I easily coped with stressful situations. I couldn’t believe the impact of the pill. I became one of those annoyingly happy people. I thanked God for the scientist who developed the medication I took each morning.

Following a Dream to Success

I went from being a shy editor to the director of post-production, sponsoring a weekly employee gathering of over 150 coworkers. I started inventing products and had the courage to leave my job after 18 years to follow a dream and start my own company. My sports-fan and health products are now very much in demand.

A few years ago, stupidly, I decided to see if I could live without the pill. I weaned off the drug and I did fine for a while. But then I started to feel like the old me, the one who was living in slow motion. I got deeply depressed and tried to commit suicide. But I was lucky to survive. I went back on my medication and have never looked back. I wish all those suffering with anxiety and depression Godspeed in getting help.


Marc Kohn, the founder of Kohnetics, is the inventor of Fan Handz and the P2 Towel.


I never considered that an underlying condition was hampering my ability to handle the stress. I thought, this is just how life is.
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