Friday, February 02, 2007

happy pills

I've been a chronic depressive since I was a teenager. No amount of counseling, exercising or socializing ever gave me the relief I got from smoking pot....until I got prescriptions for strange chemicals to swallow each day. Over the years I've taken Prozac, Paxil, Wellbutrin, Effexor, and I don't know what else. I hate taking them. I have side effects. They erode my creativity. I've quit more than once and each time I spiral into dark depression. I truly believe my brain's chemistry is out of whack but I don't know what's happening to it when it absorbs all these pharmaceutical-created concoctions. So I'm elated to have found a college course in podcast format from UC Berkeley called "Drugs and Behavior." David Presti, the professor who lectures, is an interesting and knowledgeable speaker. He delves into the social and political implications of drug use/abuse as well as the physical ones. He weaves history, religion, mythology and poetry into what I can only describe at this time as an epic story. Check out this series at: Webcast.Berkeley or find it on iTunes.

Before I forget, I want to suggest you check out the wonderful drawings and short stories at Tommy Kane's Blog.

I thought this bug-eyed mickey-mouse of his was an appropriate accompaniment to my drug story of the day. You can find it in Tommy's collection of his journals and art at:

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