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Beyond Blue

Reader Response: The Happy Ending

Thanks to readers Patricia and Lanette for asking for a conclusion to my Good Friday post.

I think I’ve been reading too many fairy tales to Katherine before bed, because I’m annoyed with happy endings. That’s why I left mine off.

Three hours after the Tin Man and Dorothy arrived at the Land of Oz and met with the Wizard and his colleagues (whom Dorothy asked for a new brain), the girl with the red slippers was admitted into the inpatient psychiatric unit of Oz’s hospital. (She was visibly shaking and couldn’t stop crying throughout the consultation.) From that day on, she began to get better because she was under the right care. The Tin Man (who already had one of the biggest hearts ever made) invited her back to live with him, and the two sort of lived happily ever after, with an occasional spat here and there: about the clutter on Dorothy’s desk and about whether or not the dog groomers have moved (Dorothy couldn’t find the bloody place and is sure these pet people have changed their location, while the Tin Man claims Dorothy is more directionally challenged than she admits).


A translation:

One of the doctors who evaluated me at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Smith, saw patients once a week from her office in Annapolis. I honestly believe she was sent to me by God, because she was the first psychiatrist I truly trusted. I had been to six and none were, well, a good fit (see next post). I was beginning to think it was me (like I do on just about everything).

Dr. Smith was conservative with meds, wanting to exhaust the benefits of personal therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, exercise, light therapy, nutrition, regular sleep, and a host of other tools alongside drugs. That impressed me–because I was committed to treating my depression in a holistic way (using anything and everything that would help me).


During the first rocky weeks, when she was trying a new combination of meds, she told me to rely on my family, my friends, and my faith–that I might feel worse before I feel better–because she didn’t want to adjust the meds until we gave them at least six weeks to work. That delighted me even more, having been to a doctor who tried 14 different medications in four months (which completely messed me up).

I didn’t feel better immediately. It took several months–six or seven before I felt like I was really out of the woods. Dr. Smith and I (we are a team) tried two mood stabilizer/antidepressant combinations, and the second worked once we got the right dosage. (That was my 23rd combination in less than a year.)


I do think the healing began the moment I wept at Jesus’ feet (the 10-foot marble statue, that is, not a vision) in the lobby of the administration building at Hopkins–when I told the Son of God that I really did believe in miracles and I was in desperate need of one.

That was the beginning of the happy ending to what seemed like eternity of mental anguish. Lanette: hang in there. It WILL get better. I promise.

  • http://HASH(0xceb23b8) Peg

    Therese, thanks for your post. My current medicine of choice for myself is smoking about 10 cigarettes a day. Before I get the health lecture, I quit twice for 4 years when my kids were small. I have tried antidepressants without success. I now realize after listening to you and others that they very well may need more time to work, but I am sensitive to changes in my body and when I got constipated or just felt like my brain/thinking felt like it was encased in something different, I quit the meds. I didn’t feel like I was spontaneous on meds. Now I don’t have the extreme symptoms of depression that you describe, more of a low grade type. I’ve gone to counseling for help on a short term basis several times. My Catholic faith has helped me a great deal and I need it very much. I would like to get off the nicotine, but find when I try, I go into panic mode. I no longer feel that weight gain is the greatest problem from quitting that I would encounter. I am afraid that some of the anger that I am suppressing will come out. I already have a tendency to anger and fear temper. I want to grow up but it is so much easier to find comfort in the nicotine when I feel stressed or sorry for myself. My heart sinks when I go to buy a pack of cigarettes and that tells me I really don’t want to do it. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment MONICA

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment SHARON JAMES

    Who ever is reading this testimony today should please celebrate with me and my family because it all started like a joke to some people and others said it was impossible.My name is SHARON JAMES, I live in california, USA, my HUSBAND and I have been together for over 4 years now, in the last few weeks I have been having problems with him, I do love my husband a lot and do want to loose him, i have caught him several times with his girl friend and if i try to complain all he does is to beat me up………. i expalined things to my friends and they went on a research for me and they found out he just bought a car for his girl friend, when this issue was getting to much i met with a friend maria i explained everything to her and she told me about a spiritual pastor who have been doing wonders for people around her, i didn’t believe it at first till i decided to give him a call and i told him eveything about my marriage and he said something amazing to me, he said IF THERE IS GOD EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE so i gave him a try, after one week my husband came back home one good evening and knelt down for me, telling me he is sorry for all the things he have been doing to me, he told me he wasn’t in his right senses and he promised to never hurt me anymore. i still can’t believe my eyes but all i have to say is thanks to God and the spiritual pastor AUSTIN for helping me with my marriage and for bring my husband back to his right senses. i advice you if you have any problem email him with this email: and you will have the best result. take things for granted and it will be taken from you. i wish you all the best

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