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I have seasonal depression. I’ve had it since I was a teenager, though I didn’t know it at the time. I lived in San Diego, the land of sunshine, where seasonal-based depression is pretty well managed by the lack of seasonal change.
But I moved out of San Diego recently, further north past LA, and closer to the coast. Here, the marine layer rolls in every evening, and burns off most of the time by eleven. Most of the time. As the days start to shorten approaching winter, the marine layer is tightening up into proper overcast clouds that don’t move all day long.
My seasonal depression rose up quite suddenly and declared itself the ruler of my household. I stopped writing. I stopped brainstorming. The whole flow of ideas just ceased while I lay in bed and wondered what the point of getting out of it was since I was so tired? That was the depression talking, I had plenty to do, but I was just tired.
There are dozens of ways to manage depression, and I have a handful of good ones up my sleeve, but they weren’t much of a match for my location change. And then my mother came to visit for a weekend.
My mother has depression and anxiety, like I do, but she also has an auto-immune disorder called scleroderma that affects her skin and the dermis layers under it. Mom is on an amazing cocktail of pills. And it was in the middle of a discussion about those pills that she mentioned she was taking Cymbalta to manage her depression and anxiety.
At first I was surprised, there’s a pill for anxiety? I knew I could talk to my doctor and get a guessing-game of drugs to manage the depression, but I always thought I’d have to fight with my anxiety on my own.
I talked to my doctor. I got a prescription for Cymbalta. I started taking it and noticed a beneficial difference overnight. A powerful difference that has helped me go from barely functional to overachiever in twenty-four hours.
There are a lot of arguments for healthy eating and lifestyle to solve a host of chronic problems, but at the end of the day, it took a pill to get me back on track, and that’s ok. There’s an imbalance of chemicals in my brain that no vegan or gluten-free diet can ever correct. No exercise in the world can fix it. I need to take my drug like a diabetic patient needs to take their insulin.
There are some people who would say it’s not healthy for me to be reliant on a pill to be normal, but I can only be glad they don’t share my problem. There are enough people in the world depressed as it is. My prescription is a tool, one that works well for me, and as long as the tool is useful, I’ll continue using it.
Title: Ruin And Will
Author: Tami Veldura
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 09/23/2016
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Historical, Paranormal, Romance
To change his fate, Kyros Vindex made a deal with witches: Eric’s heart for anything in the world. But the cost of love was too high. His quartermaster and best friend Araceli Cross is trapped with the spirit Ghalil. Driven by his guilt, Kyros becomes obsessed with the impossible. To get Araceli back, he’ll have to renege on the witches’ blood pact.
Finally free of the demon that possessed him for seven years, Eric Deumont is ready to chase the horizon. Try as he might, he can’t convince his lover Kyros to move on. And Kyros expects him to return to the plantation, and the man, where it all started; as if there was a chance Philippe could pull Araceli out of the jar. But Eric won’t risk unleashing Ghalil, not for anyone. It’s time to cut and run.
Araceli fights Ghalil with everything she has but when the demon merges their souls, they break the seal of their cage. However, physical freedom doesn’t change the fight for dominance. Ghalil’s demand for blood shackles her, and Araceli is nobody’s slave.
With Ghalil free, time is a luxury that no one has. And all the while, the witch crows watch…
About Tami Veldura
Tami Veldura is a reader, editor, and author of LGBT work. She’s a petite dragon who hordes purple things and prefers the title Mx. Track her down on twitter or find her books on Amazon and AllRomance. Bring your best pokemon and cat videos.
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