Since Her Diagnosis, My Wife Has Benefited From an Antidepressant
The school year recently ended, which may be good for students and teachers, but not for my wife, Jill. The last week of school is a lot like walking through a car wash for her. Because she is the school secretary, she still works a lot as everyone else winds down. Part of her duties include closing out the year and preparing for the next one.
I say all of this to explain why I was recently standing in line at Walmart, waiting to pick up a prescription for her.
I recalled the start of her journey to find the right medication. We sat in the doctor’s office while she explained her depression. Jill was very open to taking something the doctor recommended to help alleviate her symptoms.
Jill was a pharmacy technician for years when we lived in Florida, so she always understands the doctor when they are discussing pharmaceutical drugs. As they talked, I mostly sat and listened. Then they made a decision. She would start off on a medication that has been around for a long time.
Later, I wondered what was meant by “starting off” on something. I’m a journalist, so I’m always curious.
Jill said that finding the right medicine sometimes takes a little time. She would try it out for a month or so and see if it helped. If so, she would continue to take it. If not, the doctor might adjust the dosage or the medication.
She experienced some side effects at first, including nausea and restlessness, but she kept taking it. She wanted to give it a chance to work. It never really did. So, she tried another medication, and then another. Finally, she found one that worked.
I’m always proud that she is OK with telling people that taking medication can improve one’s mental state. She wanted me to share her story here so that others don’t feel so alone if they are feeling depressed. She wants others to know it’s normal to feel sad or depressed at times, but if the sadness or depression persist, then it makes sense to talk to a healthcare professional.
Meanwhile, as I stood in line at Walmart waiting to pick up her antidepressant, I daydreamed about the day she will no longer need medication for Huntington’s because a cure will have been discovered. But for now, all I can do is make sure her medication never runs out.
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