I'm still clenching my teeth a lot. I've picked up sighing as a new tic.
I called the doctor, to ask what to do; should I quit it? Is it worth it to keep taking the Lexapro if it's making things worse now—does it get better? She wasn't in right then. I started to feel indignant.
Some of my neighbors, here in Baltimore, feel like they're automatically in opposition to authority figures. I remember one time I was watching a car wreck. The paramedics showed up, and my neighbors yelled threats at the paramedics for being a little late. The paramedics yelled back, as they put the shock victim on a stretcher.
I felt sort of like that about my doctor being unavailable. I was surprised; I never feel that way.
When I did get back in touch with the doctor, she told me to double the dose. I'm now at 20 mg of Lexapro daily, which is the maximum. That was Thursday. On Friday, I kept commenting out loud, 'I feel really good!' I did! I still felt a little down, but I felt some chemical happiness that helped me beat it.
That didn't last. I've been increasingly down since then, and the chemical happiness vanished.
Today, I generally felt pretty terrible. Right now, I'm feeling pretty okay, though. These things helped:
- Caught up with a friend on the phone
- Went to the grocery store
- Washed dishes
- Cooked couscous
- Hung out with church people
- Fixed my computer
- Ate a whole mango, it was very ripe and delicious
It's very strange to do the things that I enjoy, but still feel very depressed. I keep telling myself, 'This normally makes me happy, so I bet it would today.' It's very confusing. I keep trying to separate the depression from my true character as a person, I keep trying to externalize it, to say that the bad feelings aren't truly how I feel. I'm afraid, though, that that line between me and my psychological problems is wrinkled if it's real at all.
I had some snacks today that helped:
- Gummi worms
- Trader Joe's itty bitty oatmeal cookies, the kind that are small so you can eat twelve of them and not feel bad
- Trader Joe's Jalapeño Cheese Crunchies
Also, I've been listening to a lot of The Beatles' Abbey Road album, Raffi, and Dog Traders, but I've been listening to They Might Be Giants the most. I love their songs Doctor Worm, New York City, Climbing the Walls, and The Cap'm. I normally listen to podcasts except for when I'm working. I've not reliably had the concentration for them to hold my attention, so it's strange for me to be listening to music as much as I have been.