Working on Us, Week 6

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On her blog, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess has introduced a set of prompts that touches on mental illness. Each week she offers up 2 prompts for bloggers to use in a nonfiction, fiction, or poetry piece. You can respond to either prompt, or both. For more information, click here. The rules are below. This week, I am responding to Prompt 1.

 

Rules:

  • Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.
  • There are no right or wrong answers.  Write in any format you see fit.  (Answer’s, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, poem, short prose…anything).
  • You can do one or all prompts.
  • You have from July 10th. through to July 17th to submit your entries.
  • Please reblog the original post in order to spread more awareness.
  • If you the blogger have a suggestion/question you want to ask in the future weeks, please submit them in the comment section of this post.
  • Let’s see if we can get some men involved in this weeks prompts, your feelings a validated here too!
  • Plus, as an added bonus, whoever responds to the following prompts will automatically be reblogged to promote your blog site!

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Week #6 Prompts: 

Prompt #1 Questions:

1. There are so many varieties of depression out there, such as Bipolar Depression, and (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder.  What type of depression do you suffer from, or have? I’ve suffered from bipolar depression for half of my adult life, as well as from seasonal changes (SAD).

2. What do you do to fight your depression? (Meaning, therapy, medications, meditation, ECT). Medication and therapy, inpatient hospitalizations, partial hospitalizations, and finally ECT, which I no longer undergo. And to be honest, I don’t know if I would choose that treatment option in the future.

3. Does anything help you, and if so… What? ECT has helped in the past, but it isn’t a permanent solution. More recently, my psychiatrist switched my mood stabilizer from Tegretol to lithium, which has lessened my depressive symptoms. It’s working.

Author:

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

5 thoughts on “Working on Us, Week 6

  1. I can certainly relate to the bipolar depression. I’m so pleased that you have found the right medication that works for you. I, myself, am just trying a new medication in addition to taking several others. Cymbalta was just added. It’s a waiting game to see if it really takes effect.
    ECT is something I’m personally afraid of. My grandmother had that done to her in the 1960’s and like me, she also had bipolar depression.
    Thank you, so very much for participating in week #6, prompt #1! I am so grateful for you sharing your experiences with not other me, but the other’s within the mental health community!
    God Bless! 💚

    1. The way that they administered ECT in the 60s is nothing like they do now. My fear about it is going under anesthesia, though I wouldn’t want to do it without it! Anyway, it is a LAST resort treatment. It’s completely safe. But I want to fight stigma against ECT.

      1. I so appreciate your viewpoint pertaining to ECT treatment. I even asked Ashley about it too. Not that this reatment has ever been brought up to me, I’ve thought about it. I knwo that it has helped so many people that I know, but I myself am still apprehensive. (And, it’s not based on what my grandmother went through). That was barbaric back then.

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