Thursday, July 12, 2007

Mood Watch - 38

Obviously I’ve blown off this blog for nearly three months. I’ve been busy with other things, but mostly I just haven’t felt inclined to write, although I’ve kept up reasonably well with my professional blog.

My mood during this period has, by and large, been quite good. Aside from minor bouts with insomnia or hypersomnia, I haven’t had any trouble. I attribute this to three things: First, I think the Lamictal I’ve been taking for several months is actually doing its job as an anti-depressant. Second, I have a friend who is enthusiastically helping me convert my jungle of a back yard into an orderly, appealing garden — being in pleasant surroundings has done me a lot of good. Third and most importantly, I’ve identified an area of my life that was sapping my energy, creating or exacerbating my depressions, and in general doing me no good at all. I feel no need to be specific, except to say that it has nothing to do with any particular individual. But both my therapist and psychiatrist have urged me to “disinvest” in that environment. I’ve done so and have been startled by how much better I feel.

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