Return of the Blog

Well, I’m back.

I’m going to try and return to daily posting now. Can’t promise I’ll succeed, but we’ll give it a shot. Like so much else, I’ll take it a day at a time.

I am, of course, still struggling with clinical depression. A few weeks ago I completed my two-month stint at the mood disorder Intensive Outpatient Program in Cleveland. That was three hours of group therapy every weekday, plus a three-hour drive each way to get there and back. For those playing at home, that’s 30 hours per week of driving. Not exactly my idea of a good time.

But the program was useful. It showed me that having a daily structure helps keep me from sinking into the pit. And it showed me the importance of constantly fighting the downward spiral of negativity which is always waiting for a chance to strike. Also, I exercise every day, which is good. And I haven’t had any alcohol for over six months.

I’m doing noticeably better now. Not great, but better. Progress.

Still not working yet. Trying to figure out what the hell to do with my life. In the meantime, I’m looking for someplace around town to volunteer.

Let’s see, what else?

I haven’t been writing much. Hopefully a return to the blog will help change that. I wasn’t reading, either, for a long time, but I’ve started up again. I’m reading Don DeLillo’s White Noise, which is a profoundly weird but fairly enjoyable book.

Just this past Saturday, Betsy and I finished watching all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. More on that later.

Oh, and I have a niece. A beautiful baby girl. 🙂 She’s starting to look at things now, and she smiles sometimes.

Coming up tomorrow: Brian talks about something other than clinical depression! Woohoo!

So what’s new with you?

7 responses to “Return of the Blog

  1. I published another book last Friday; which I find pleasing.

  2. Hi Brian

    It’s good to see you back on your blog. I find it useful and entertaining.

    I’m most happy of your journey to Cleveland! As a fellow sufferer I know how vitally important it is to attend group therapy. And the extra hours of travel goes to show how dedicated you are to fight this beast!

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  3. IB and testing and dying and death by homework. But I am very glad to hear the return of the blogger. Good to have you back! And I am glad to hear that the group therapy went well for you and that you are feeling better.

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