Interview Intervention


It was about a month after I returned home from Rankin Inlet when I realized my mental health wasn’t improving. All the drama I endured after my sexual assault had taken its toll on me.

Sitting at my computer, typing some poetry, I had a thought pop into my head. ‘God, I can’t take this anymore.’ No sooner than I thought it, an interview with former Steelers' quarterback Terry Bradshaw came on my television. He was discussing his own battle with depression.

He told the interviewer he wanted to tackle it (no pun intended) without medication. It took him some time to realize he needed help to cope with his illness. That’s when he went to his physician who prescribed him Paxil. Terry continued on to say how he and his doctor needed to experiment to find the correct dosage. Once they did, Terry stated it was a Godsend.

I was watching the interview in disbelief, giving God the side eye. When I thought what had, I was contemplating suicide. Instead, God used Terry to speak to me and steer me towards finding help. God knew there were few people I would listen to and Terry was one of those people. This divine intervention inspired me to go to my doctor and ask if I could try Paxil.

She started me off on 10mg which would gradually increase to 20mg. After a few days on Paxil, I was again typing at my computer when I realized I was feeling better. Not only feeling better, but still feeling.

Unlike Prozac which drained me of all emotion, Paxil diminished the depression without taking away my other emotions. I still have my times of depression, but the bouts are not as long or as intense.

There were events that would challenge me and my illness, taking me rock bottom. That being said, I eventually picked myself up, dust myself up, and move forward. If we learn from our experiences, we’ll never start at square one again.

Things happen that are beyond our control; things that will rock us to our core. We can allow them to consume us or we can prove we are stronger than our illness and survive.

It was about a month after I returned home from Rankin Inlet when I realized my mental health wasn’t improving. All the drama I endured after my sexual assault had taken its toll on me.

Sitting at my computer, typing some poetry, I had a thought pop into my head. ‘God, I can’t take this any more.’ No sooner than I thought it, an interview with Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw came on my television. He was discussing his own battle with depression.

He told the interviewer he wanted to tackle it (no pun intended) without medication. It took him some time to realize he needed help to cope with his illness. That’s when he went to his physician and was prescribed Paxil. Terry continued on to say how he and his doctor needed to experiment to find the correct dosage. Once they did, Terry stated it was a Godsend.

I was watching the interview in disbelief, giving God the side eye. When I thought what had, I was contemplating suicide. Instead, God used Terry to speak to me and steer me towards finding help. God knew there were few people I would listen to and Terry was one of those people. This divine intervention inspired me to go to my own doctor and ask if I could give Paxil a try.

She started me off on 10mg which would gradually increase to 20mg. After a few days on Paxil, I was again typing at my computer when I realized I was feeling better. Not only feeling better, but still feeling.

Unlike Prozac which drained me of all emotion, Paxil diminished the depression without taking away my other emotions. Granted, I still have my times of depression, but the bouts are not as long or as intense.

There were events that would challenge me and my illness, taking me rock bottom. That being said, I eventually picked myself up, dust myself up, and move forward. If we learn from our experiences, we’ll never start at square one again.

Things happen that are beyond our control; things that will rock us to our core. We can allow them to consume us or we can prove we are stronger than our illness and survive.

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