To Medicate Again, or Not

I’ve medicated in the past. Celexa, Lexapro, Wellbutrin, and Zoloft, as I recall. But not… Paxil (Paroxetine). I don’t really know how I feel about it. Yesterday was another follow-up with my new-this-year family doctor. Aside from confirming the addition of hypothyroid to my list of diagnoses she asked whether I would willingly try Paxil. This was after a torturously long, thoughtful pause (we’re talking a whole five minutes here!) and having disclosed the list of SSRIs tried in the past. Well, and combinations of SSRIs, too. It was clear she was racking her brain for something to suggest that

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Social Anxiety in the Internet-Sphere

It might seem like it’s easier to interact with others online, but social media can provide new stressors and a deeper sense of isolation. Source: For People With Social Anxiety, The Internet Is A Blessing And A Curse | HuffPost I’ve mentioned before that I read articles for a living. It’s not the best living, but it jives fairly well with my social anxiety, generalized anxiety, depression and other diagnoses that impact my ability to successfully work outside the home, and it’s better than making no money at all. Anyway, in the course of that I came upon the article

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The Powers that Be

Writing prompt courtesy of Writing.com: “Write about the last thing you lost.” The clouds hung dark and heavy in the sky the day I lost my mind. Looking back, I should have realized it was coming. Those ominous clouds were a telltale sign from the powers that be — whoever or whatever they may be. I was neck deep in desperation. Intensely hyper-focused on maintaining the appearance of wellness. In that regard it is easy to see how I neglected to notice. One day I was running the race, doing all the seemingly right things and the next it was

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Lightning Bug Season

It’s lightning bug season! I’ve been so wrapped up in things I didn’t even notice until tonight. This is definitely not the world’s greatest video, but if you watch, you can see flickers on and off. I swear there used to be a whole lot more of the little buggers when I was a kid than there seem to be nowadays… hmm. We’ve always called them lightning bugs around here. Officially they are fireflies. Which is neither here nor there because they aren’t flies and they aren’t bugs either – they’re beetles! Evidently, there has been a Firefly Watch project

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Melania and the Jacket

Yes, it’s true. Melania Trump wore a jacket featuring the words “I really don’t care. Do u?” while en route to visit child detainment centers in McAllen, Texas. I didn’t believe it at first glance either. Literally, my first thought upon seeing the image while scrolling my Twitter feed was is this for real?! After all, in the digital age, editing photos to add words or distort images is easily enough done. But alas, it’s real. I checked several media sources and even hit up Snopes.com. The entire internet seemed ablaze with commentary, disgust and explanations. Which left me thinking,

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