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November 01, 2005


Leslie Turek

Hang in there, Mary Kay. It was your post that helped me when I needed to get help last year after the election. I came out of it in the spring, thank goodness, and so far haven't sunk too deep this fall. I know what you mean about how hard it is to push yourself to get help when you're dealing with depression. What I've done is arranged a regular monthly visit to my therapist, even when I'm doing okay. I'm hoping she'll notice if I start going over the edge again.

Now if I can just get off my ass to find a plumber to install my kitchen sink, which has been out of commission since Labor Day. (One of the first symptoms of my depression is the total inability to deal with household crises.)


If and when they're wanted, hugs available here :)

I'm glad you're working your way back; it's hard work. Go easy with yourself. And keep posting, please?


Victor Stevko

Thank goodness you did survive. Keep up the fight. As for your implied question: I think Leslie has hit on at least one reason why it's valuable for you to do this -- other people are helped by learning of your experiences.

I'll add that, even if you have a hard time believing it right now, there are a lot of people all over the country who care about you. A web presence isn't like being there, but it's better than nothing. Another reason for journalling- you can look back over your entries and see patterns in your thinking over time. A journal is more reliable, post hoc, than introspection.

I'm sorry I didn't know you were hurting. This is incredibly presumptious, but: If there's something I can do to help, let me know. And if ever you find yourself at loose ends in Boston, get in touch.


This last time when I went to the doctor, I asked her if the side effects to some of the anti-depressants made a person look ding-y (as in a bit unfocused and spacey). She said that sometimes they definitely do that.

Oh great. I think I took some of those a couple of years at a time -- for like you, meds stop helping me after a bit, and then it is back to the doctor for something that will work when one is having crying fits over nothing on a regular basis. And uping the dose of the thing that has worn out never helps.

May you find one that makes youlook sharp and together -- even if some days are rough and held together with duct tape. Take care.

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