My Emotional Self: BAAHHH! I HAVEN’T WRITTEN A BLOG POST AND I HAVE NO IDEAS AND I’M NOT EVEN A GOOD WRITER AND WHAT AM I GOING TO DO I GIVE UP IT’S OVER I NEED A NEW LIFE DREAM I’M GOING TO GO MAKE SOME BROWNIES
My Logical Self: Seriously? Calm down. You haven’t written about your depression medication yet, and it was on your list of potential topics. Just do that.
E: Oh. That’s a good idea. But I don’t really want to.
L: Why not? There’s nothing of which to be ashamed.
E: Who talks like that?
L: Not this again.
E: I’m not ashamed. I’m bored.
L: Only moments ago, I thought you were going to pull out your proverbial hair. I am offering you a viable solution, and you find it boring?
E: Well, yeah. Because drugs are just drugs. It’s like ice cream. Some people like vanilla, some people like caramel pecan crunch supreme. Some people like that SoyDream crap; some people have to eat that because they can’t eat the real stuff. You just have to try different ice cream and see what works for you and if it makes you sick.
L: What a delightful analogy. However, I would like to point out that you’ve already had three conversations this week alone concerning ice cream. So something must still be worth talking about.
E: Of course it is. It’s relatable. Ice cream is relatable. Everyone’s tried it, everyone has an opinion on it, and most of us love it. So why wouldn’t we talk about it?
L: Even though you will not change anyone’s opinion by talking about it.
E: Sure. But I might suggest a brand they’ve never tried, or a flavor…oh. I see where you’re going with this.
L: You have an astonishing intellect.
E: Shut up! I’m very mature! Leave me alone.
E: I still don’t know what to write. It’s hopeless. I should just take the site down.
L: Sigh. Perhaps communicate your experiences with medication and how you have found it helpful, and what areas others might expect to encounter difficulties?
E: Like how I had to try three different medications before I found one that made me feel consistently better instead of worse?
L: Yes. Like that.
E: And how I’ve now moved to a third dosage of my current medication in order to balance out my mood swings and energy depletion? But I’m still solidly depressed for a day about every 5 weeks. And that may never change. And I don’t love that I’m pumping drugs into my body every day, and maybe will be for the rest of my life. That’s depressing enough on its own. So I try not to think about it. I just focus on dealing with my emotions and my energy level and let my doctors think about the drug stuff. And I still hope that maybe I’ll figure out how to manage all this stuff on my own without the drugs.
L: But also, if you don’t, it’s not your fault.
E: Yeah. I forget that sometimes.
L: Don’t worry. I’ll be here to remind you.
E: Oh, goodie. Did I forget anything else?
L: No, I think you summarized quite well.
E: And you are quite annoying.
L: Thank you.
E: I guess I can write a blog post after all. Maybe I don’t need these brownies.
L: Perhaps you could start with some vegetables, and save the brownies for after lunch.