I have had a long day but thought to blog about some of the things I missed out yesterday. No photos this time though.. (well, maybe one).
Firstly , and astoundingly, I am mentally well for the first time in ages – this is wonderful and I am trying to enjoy every moment. I had been having a go with a new antidepressant called Sertraline (a SSRI also called Zoloft), which seemed to work well for me. After a while however I ran into a wee problem that is apparently common for many of us poor bastards on SSRIs, and is also responsible for large amounts of people not completing their course of treatment. Which is what has happened to me, except I have stayed well – long may it last!!
I had been meaning to write about this problem for some time but could never get my head around exactly what I was going to say without giving too much information. Then when I was paying a visit to one of my favourite bloggers I came across her post on the same subject – and here it is. . Why reinvent the wheel huh? And she says it so much better than I could. It is really interesting reading some of the post comments as well.
I first came across Dooce’s (Heather Armstrong’s) blog when I became aware after four years, that the mystery illness I was suffering from was actually depression. She had been through the hell of post-partum depression and was so badly affected that she had ended up in a psych unit.
I love her blog for many reasons, not the least being that she shows it is possible to be on depression meds and still have a lovely life. Also because she and her husband John strongly remind me that not all Americans are bonkers – Oh and because she takes photos of her dog Chuck with objects balanced on his head.. well maybe she is bonkers, but in a nice way..
One of the most helpful things that I came across in my research about depression was information about mindfulness, which is why I go on about it so much. The book I probably found the most helpful is called The Mindful Way Through Depression, another is called The Noonday Demon – An Anatomy of Depression by Andrew Solomon. This weekends Guardian bought an article by Tim Parks who has just had a book published called Teach Us To Sit Still, A Sceptic’s Guide to Health and Healing, which I found really interesting for his discovery of how mindfulness/meditation helped him with his illness. It is on my Amazon Wish List.
Sunday’s Observer bought a wonderful interview with Christophoer Hitchens which can be read here, for anyone who is a fan of the man..
And last but nowhere near least, is the podcast which features Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Wilson in conversation on the subject of folklore. So if you are after a little insight into the writing of the Discworld Novels and/or just plain fascinated as I am, in how humans seem to really need to invent and tell ourselves stories, go and have a listen.