4.15.2010

A Proposed Metaphor, which need not Necessarily be Taken as an Argument

With an SSRI:

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Without an SSRI (or, with a mystical experience):

video

So, these are two potential experiences. In the first, the subject feels themselves in a downward acceleration, and then visits a psychiatrist, gets some pills, and levels off in a little sustainable valley.

In the second, the subject feels themselves in a downward acceleration, but stays present in that experience--even refusing institutional help if it's offered. The result is an intense downward speed followed by an eventual re-up-swing, and culminating in a wild leap back into the cycle.

And trust me, that wild leap feels at least as wild (indeed, as scary) as it looks here.