That Time of Year

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For those of you who’ve been with me for a while, you probably know that October and November are bad months for me. If you’re new to this blog, you can read more about that here. Historically, my depression gets so bad at this time of year that I have to get electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which you can read about here. October is my favorite month, closely followed by November, but autumn just doesn’t agree with me. Now here it is, the middle of November, and I feel fine.

This is a new experience, and so far this year I’ve enjoyed these months. My husband and I went to an adult pumpkin patch that turned out to be a bust Once we arrived, we immediately concluded that we were too old!

We had brunch with my sister-in-law and her husband when they were in town. We worked our way through another escape room with my sister and brother-in-law, then went out for dinner. And I actually showed up to the first Meetup for a depression/anxiety group.

We traveled to Indiana to watch our favorite college football team play, only to watch them lose to the home team. What a disaster! And it was so cold in the stadium. Brrr!

So I’ve been pretty active instead of reading/sleeping on the couch all day, which is what I did last year. I fulfilled a personal reading challenge by reading 100 books in a year, though!

I know things can turn at any moment. I’m trying to be vigilant. I’m doing what I can to keep myself busy. And hope to make it unscathed to the other side of winter.


Do you experience depression during the fall/winter?

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I hold an MFA in poetry from The Ohio State University. I'm a fiction writer, blogger, wife, pet mom, and Ohio State Buckeye!

16 thoughts on “That Time of Year

  1. I’m glad this fall is going better for you! September tends to be my toughest time, and it was hard again this year, but I made it through.

  2. I’m a hermit due to the weather and ending up realizing that I needed to get out more because I had absolutely no healthy relationships. I have had to do a lot of life changing choices in order to be where I am now but worth it. You’ve got this!

    1. The weather here in Chicago makes me want to hibernate! Changing things in life is certainly a challenge. Good for you for having the strength to make those changes 🌻

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