I've been lucky- fluoxetine (prozac) has changed my life.
When events give us a knock we all dip in mood. The healthy mind comes back up again.
The 'prone-to-depression-mind doesn't rebound naturally. It stays stuck at the lower level.
The next normal kick from life pushes it to a lower level still and eventually over the edge into illness.
Prozac seems to act like a safety net which stops the gradual descent and gives my mind time to recover back to normal.
It never raises my mood. It doesn't make me happy.
It gives me a bit of stability, which generates a bit of confidence, which makes normal life- with its ups and downs- something I can participate in and feel like a useful member of society.
On February the 11th 2018 we launched a crowd funding campaign. We want to start a conversation about mental health that is powerful. No more treading on eggshells. We are not invisible, we do not want to be hidden away. Our work in the studio and shop is #SmashingStigma every day, and now we are going to be a little noisier.
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