And now, a few words

And now, a few words about depression from someone who is not depressed at the moment:

I’ve come to realize that, for me, depression is an almost-completely biochemical disease. How do I know? because I can lift myself out inside three days with a physical treatment. I don’t play happy music to cheer myself. I don’t surround myself with perky people. I take St. John’s Wort, and I make sure I get enough sleep. In less than three days, I can pull myself out of even the worst funk.

My problem is always realizing I’m depressed. It usually starts slowly. I’ll think I’m just a little blue, and I’ll snap out of it. After all, I don’t want medicate every freaking mood–I do want to feel my own pain, not run from it. So by the time I realize this isn’t just sadness, but rather a hide-the-knives-and-stay-off-tall-buildings episode, I’m pretty far gone, and it’s harder to self-treat. So I’m glad it’s easy for me. I’m incredibly grateful that there is one thing that’s cheap, fast, and effective. I wish it worked for everyone.

Final note of gratitude: Kozmo carries a great brand of St. John’s Wort.

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