For the past few weeks I have been feeling “not right” but I couldn’t put my finger on it. I finally had a “light bulb moment” a few days ago- I think I need a med adjustment.
I have been dealing with depression my entire life. It runs in my mother’s family but I didn’t realize that I had it until in the last 90’s when I was fortunate enough to have had a great doctor who got me to believe it, helped me come to terms with being diagnosed and got me on the right track with treatment. For the most part I have been feeling great since then but every once in a while I need a “tweak”.
One of the biggest hurdles in having this illness is dealing with people who don’t understand it or think it is a “real” disease. There certainly was a phase when Prozac first came out that it seemed like everyone and their brother was declaring they had depression but it is indeed a real illness caused by our brains not utilizing certain chemicals correctly. So, much like people with thyroid problems we may need medication to counteract this chemical imbalance. We can no more “just snap out of it” than a diabetic can suddenly produce their own insulin and not need to inject it any longer.
So can I be happy now? I think I can!