I’m Crazy about Mental Health

Despite the tongue-in-cheek title, this is a serious subject about which I care deeply. Sadly, there is still a stigma attached to mental health issues which prevents many people from seeking the help that is available. The world is not an easy place to navigate and there are very few individuals who could not benefit from some type of therapy and/or medication.

I know this first hand. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I suffer with dysthymia, a mild form of depression. I have had to deal with it since childhood, although it was not correctly diagnosed until about ten years ago.

Although mild, dysthymia is debilitating. It’s often connected to social anxiety, as it is in my case and causes a lack of enthusiasm and anhedonia, an inability to experience pleasure. When I’m in the throes of it, I have no ambition and become lackadaisical. Accomplishing any task becomes extremely difficult. Because it so mild, it very often goes unnoticed and can last for months or even years.

zoloft

I am happy to say that it can be controlled. I spent about ten years in therapy with an excellent counselor and I’ve been taking Zoloft (pictured above) for about three years. I have an occasional downturn, but not nearly as frequently or as drastically as in the past.

I am now able to be the best version of myself. I’m more productive in my chosen craft of filmmaking and in all other aspects of my life. I can recognize the onset of a bout of depression and curtail it before it sets in.

The point of this post is: if you have any type of problem with depression, anxiety, phobias, any type of mental illness, don’t be ashamed of it. It’s your brain chemistry, not who you are as a person. Diabetics take insulin, people take pills for their hearts. The help is out there and if you need it, seek it. Be proud that you are dealing with a problem that is not of your making. Be your best self. Live the life you want. I did it. You can too.

Since I am a filmmaker, I will throw in a bit of trivia. I used the obscure word, “anhedonia”. This was the original title of the film, “Annie Hall”. United Artists insisted on a title change because of the fact that very few people are familiar with the word. They tried ads that included a definition, but who wants to get a vocabulary lesson in an advertisement?

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2 thoughts on “I’m Crazy about Mental Health

  1. I would use few new words. I always do. It would be a new culture to make large amounts of people rewiring their brains into knowledge through entertainment 🙂

    Oh and about anxiety, thank you so much for sharing your experience.. I have a form on anxiety that turns into panic attack when it hits and it’s socially related.. I never had it diagnosed but I know it’s serious. I onlt try to avoid crowds although I know it’s not a solution. Your topic is making me think that I better use help. But again I don’t trust the diagnosis 😂

    Thank you again 😊

  2. I’m very happy if my post was of any help to you. I used to disappear into the walls at social events, which was sad because my true self is quite extroverted. I know really enjoying interacting with new people. You can get help. You have to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. You may have to try a few out. Mine was amazing. She made me very comfortable and really helped me work through my issues. My medication was what really pushed me over the top into a much better mental state.

    I wish you the best of luck!

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