My Daily Stream of Consciousness

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Published at 25 January 2017 11:26 AM EST in 'General'


I should start by saying I deal with anxiety and periodic bouts of depression. Given that I also have a chronic illness, Lupus, it isn't really surprising, but I tend not to talk about it with anyone other then my husband and doctors.

I wrote this stream of consciousness several months ago. Re-reading it immediately after I wrote it I realized that something was wrong. At the time I was on a drug that when I was younger had caused me to become depressed. Having taken the drug for several times since, for very short periods of time, I thought little about it when I took it this time. The dosage, however, was higher and the period I took it longer. This stream of consciousness saved me from myself, it made me realize that the depression had returned. Once I realized what was going on it was much easier to deal with. Not only was I now aware that my brain was telling me lies, I could also talk to my husband about it which made everything better. I was also lucky as I knew it would likely end when the prescription ended.

I decided to publish this, my stream of thought, as it is a very true and honest look at where I was in that moment. Depression is a sneaky, lying bastard and talking about it takes some of it's power away.


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I just can’t

I can’t sit still
I can’t clean
I can’t art
I can’t write - damn you Starbucks and your lack of open tables not in the middle of the room
I can’t be happy
I can’t be productive
I can’t breath

I just can’t

CAN’T

But then my father always said there is no such thing as can’t. There is only I don’t want to or I don’t know how. So which is it? Am I stalled by my inability to know what to do you, or because I just don’t want to try.

If I am honest it is a little bit of both. Trying is hard. It takes focus, hard focus, on one thing. And there are just too many things to focus on. So maybe it isn’t that I don’t want to, and more that I don’t know how. Which thing to focus on, how to do them all, how to make it better? It feels like it can’t get better.

When did that happen. When did I stop feeling like I could function as a human being. It feels like I am just an entity floating on the outside. I make the food, I clean the clothes, I drive the car, and I float. I feel invisible and alone.

I am fighting so hard not to give in and go back to bed. But honestly, is sitting in a cafe alone all that much different then curling up in my bed. Sure I am less likely to let the tears fall in the cafe, but I am still alone, isolated. In a crowd of people I am isolated and alone. And I did it to myself.

I just can’t


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Shauna writes:

Published at 27 January 2017 9:12 AM EST

I take an antidepressant and there were times that I was lax about taking it. I can go a few days before the can'ts crowd in along with the overwhelmingly negative feelings of how everything is shit.

There was a time when I wondered if the meds really did anything. Then I recognized the shitty feeling I had once I missed a few days in a row. Like you realizing that your can'ts would likely get better once you went off that particular med, it was a very important realization for me. I've been very good about taking them now. I've been able to lower my dose but won't go off them if I don't have to.


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