Thursday, September 13, 2007

Reprinting a Comment

My last entry (Could I have BEEN more pitiful?) generated a really great comment from Trishwash. Blog comments can sometimes get missed so I wanted to reprint it.

I hear you, brother.

I am currently going back on Wellbutrin after six months off. It's making me a bit manic at the moment. I went off because I didn't want to have to take drugs. I was feeling better and thought I could do without (ha!).

A couple things to keep in mind. 1. When you start a drug, herbal or pharmaceutical, you body will go through an adjustment period. The crazymeds guy some great things to say about this I especially like the paragraph that begins, "These are powerful, alien substances..." While he's referring to prescription drugs, this may apply to SJW. Given that your body and mind need time to adjust, you may need choose a better time to start taking SJW. Sometimes it takes longer than a few days. Maybe getting better will require a good week where you can afford to just be deliriously happy. Or just be. Does your work have an annual slow period or can you create one by working ahead for a while?

2. Maybe next time, start with a lower dose and work your way up to the recommended amount. Maybe half is all you need to get the affect you want.

3. You sound ambivalent about happiness. That might warrant some further reflection. Did it feel good? Maybe too good? Why shouldn't you feel really good? Growing up, did you get the message that good stuff must be experienced in small, stingy amounts? If not, what other beliefs do you hold about good things? That they are limited, rare, untrustworthy, fleeting, bait for the seven deadly sins?

One of the ideas I've been playing with is that everything we do, think and feel is just a habit. It's not always easy, but all habits can be changed. You work best depressed because you are in the habit of working best depressed. is an online book with a good chapter on habits (#9). It's all a bit new agey, but there are some good nuggets in there.

Above all, don't look at this as failure. This experience has given you valuable information that you can use in other attempts to feel better.

Thanks TW. Nobody's alone, right? Cheers!


Trishwah said...

Wow! I'm honored that you quoted me.

holli jo said...

Trishwah gave wonderful advice, and I couldn't agree more with everything she said.

I wanted to comment about your concerns that America is overmedicated. I agree, and I've always had personal concerns with putting substances in my body that alter me and my body in some way. (I'm not just talking about depression meds, either. I'm wary of most drugs and even herbal remedies.)

I'm wary, but I'm also willing to explore all solutions for recovering from depression, including medication. I've tried several different varieties with varying success. But most of them caused me to either feel numb (I never had the overly happy feeling you mention), or gave me other significant side-effects I couldn't deal with.

I gave up on medication a long time ago. But then I moved across the couuntry last month, and I knew that my depression would reach an all-time low. So I decided to attempt meds one last time. I found one that actually helps my depression without taking away the feeling of 'me', & without any major side-effects. I won't say which med, because they work differently for everyone.

Anyway, don't give up on SJW (or even prescription meds) so quickly. Like Trish said, it takes time for your body to adjust. Sorry to write such a long comment, but I feel strongly that everyone suffering from depression deserves to find real help, in whatever form it takes for them to find it.