Re: SSRIs and sudden grief

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sun May 14 2000 - 22:08:42 MDT

Amara Graps wrote:

> Seriously, though, Eliezer, when a person is in utter despair, their
> reality is so completely distorted, that one can't remotely imagine
> that happiness will ever again be possible.

Roger that. Thats where the mental discipline comes in: one must
tell themselves, we've been thru this before, the sun came out before,
it will do so again.

> One thing that you didn't mention in your message was the value
> of vigorous exercise to combat despair.

Heres something I found helpful. I noticed that when I am despair,
I eat less and sleep more. To get back to normal, I tried eating
more and sleeping less. This helped to a certain extent. This is
the part that may sound absurd, because I am an engineer, not a
poet, so I can only wish I had better words to describe these feelings,
or had scored a few hundred points higher on the verbal SAT.

I have found there is some value in letting grief run its course,
without trying to interrupt it. If it can be done without life-threatening
consequences, I have found it is OK to go ahead and stare into
that abyss, as Amara has so eloquently discribed the feeling. I
have experienced depression as a phase in a cycle. To let it
run its course is the way to continue on to the next cycle. spike

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