Editorial: You're not alone in the dark
It has continually, been brought to
my attention that some students be
lieve they are all alone. Guess again!!
There have been some pathetic ru
mors about going to a shrink that are
really annoying. If you only knew how
many of your peers have or are still
visiting with a shrink. As a matter of
fact, a large part of our "Generation X”
is now being called the “Prozac Na
tion.” Welcome to the real world.
Hi. I’m Jetson, and I am a clinical
depressant. I’d have to say that I may
be a touch unique, but I’m fat from
psychopath! (As far away as any art
student.) As a matter of fact, I have
plenty of friends who need help a lot
more than I do.
Clinical depression is a disease that
causes a chemical imbalance in your
brain. Medical science has provided us
with some wonderful medications that
can be taken for three to six months or
maybe the rest of our lives. But these
medicines are not a cure; They simply
add enoi^ of the chemicals your brain
is lacking to cut off the hard edge and
big fells of depression. You still have
your good and bad days. These are not
happy pills. Some even take three to
four weeks to build up in your system.
Prozac is not the cure-all drug. I am on
Zoloft, and I’m doing quite well..
Many people think “Hey I’m feel
ing great — I don’t need this any
more!” and stop taking their medicine
without asking their doctor. Bad move.
If I miss more than one day, I start
bawling at every Hallmark commercial
and telling my friends how much I love
I’m sine we’ve all heard of the bad
shrinks or seen them on TV, and be
lieve me—they’re out there! But a psy
chologist or psychiatrist is the most
wonderful thing. They should super
vise you while you're on medication.
The way I see it, you can schedule an
appointment and go in and complain
about men, roommates, teachers, par
ents —whatever, and they pay atten
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tion to you! They can tell you if you are
overreacting, blowing things out of
proportion or simply expecting to
much. It’s great! But there are doctors
that aren’t so swell. Look around, try
different ones. (I’ll give you a tip... If
thefirstthingtheyaskyouis “so tell me
about your childhood, “then they prob
ably have watched too much televi
A shrink can help you put your life
back into perspective, help you find
ways to get your sheep together and
move on with life. Whetheryou know
it or not, people do care about you, so
never consider suicide. It’s too selfish.
I’m quite happy with myself, and I
haven’t even considered it in over eight
years. I couldn’t hurt the ones I love
You just need a little encourage
ment. Maybe you need to talk things
out and be ready to like yoiurself. And
no one can tell me I don’t know how
hard it is! I’ve been there and back.
You know what? I’ve got 18 hours; I’m
Leaves; I have three shows for my
artwork this semester, and I will gradu
ate in May. I don’t have time for a social
life, so men are obviously not the solu
tion to my problems. I have finally
figured out how to like myself. Liking
yourself is a great feeling, and people
would much rather be around a con
tent me than a depressed me.
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