For the most part I think people should leave well enough alone. Believe what they want to and, well, leave me alone I guess. My longest lasting friendships have been based solidly on this leaving-aloneness.
Even when we have wildly differing world views and/or religious beliefs. Because let me tell you there just aren't a lot of Nontheist Christian Quakers. So if I couldn't be friends with people across religious lines I would be very very lonely.
But I do not leave people alone on the topic of mental health. I am somewhat pushy. Or very very pushy, depending on who you talk to. Or just very persuasive. Persistent? Persnickety?
My first convert was an adult friend who I spoke to in my first few weeks of being on medication as an adolescent. I ran through my list of symptoms, the questions on the Health Questionnaire, and the benefits I had seen after starting my course of Prozac.
After that he went in to seek treatment.
I figure if only that one person seeks help for Depression after talking to me or reading something I wrote, my presence on Earth is totally vindicated. So, in the words of George W, "Mission Accomplished!"
I would like people to remember that although drugs seem to be the thing for me, I am not necessarily a drug pusher. I am just a treatment-pusher.
Because I don't care how smart you are, or how in tune with your feelings you are, or how self-actualized you have become through your practice of totally organic christian jewish muslim skeptic transendental bikram zen (now gluten free!)...
You Cannot Talk Yourself Out Of A Major Depressive Episode. YCTYOAMDE. What a great acronym
Wow, I seem to be somewhat sassy today. Good sign or bad sign, you be the judge. But I might not care what you think.
Grateful Crap: feeling normal
took meds (although really super late)
spent a lot of time having a toddler say to me, "I just love you mom." and snuggling
WAAAAAAY too much sugar. Oh well. I won't think about that today. I'll think about it tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day.
Quaker, teacher, parent,