I grew up in the generation where mental health was not talked about, and if it was, usually it was mocked. Young people were “crazy” and old people were “senile.” The health profession has made significant advances in the ensuing fifty years, so when I retired and started having to deal more regularly with depression, I also was able to find out more about it.
One of the symptoms of depression is anger. Throughout my life, very little has made me angry enough to harm people (myself) or be destructive. Such feelings had become way too commonplace over the last three years. I could dismiss the feelings if I kept myself busy, but as a polyphasic sleeper, it’s been hard to keep myself busy for 12-18 hours a day.
The anger started causing me concern, though, so I finally took the necessary step, visiting my doctor and asking to be put on an anti-depressant. After listening to me for thirty minutes, he put me on Fluoxetine, 10 mg, daily dosage. He said it might take up to two weeks to see results. Yesterday was the end of day three on Fluoxetine, but I can tell you that it only took two days to feel results.
If you’re having suicidal thoughts or severe anger issues, I highly recommend discussing your issues with your doctor. If you’re somewhat embarrassed about being on anti-depressants, well, you don’t have to tell anyone.
Our health is important, though, especially as the current president and his crime family, as well as his enablers and supporters in our legislatures, attempt to take away our health insurance.