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New Depression Update

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It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned my fight with depression here. I do so from time to time since the depression effects my work – and thereby also touches my fans and readers.

Last week, I had an appointment with our family doctor. Given how I’ve been doing lately, he actually doubled the dosage of the antidepressant he’s had me on the for the past few months. When I first went on the medication, it helped me out a lot. Apparently, my system has gotten used to the dosage, because I was slipping back into worse depression and anxiety once again. Evidently, given what my wife has said, it was happened to a greater extent than I had even been aware of.

As I’ve mentioned on this blog/website before when writing about this topic, I would be very interested in acting as a spokesperson – or in some other way working with – a depression awareness group. I’m a bestselling, award-winning author. I feel that my position as such could and would help bring greater awareness to the problem of depression.

For those of you who have never dealt with depression, it is a problem. Please don’t ever belittle depression, or anyone suffering from it. It is an illness, the same as any other. It isn’t at all easy for those who suffer from it. It isn’t easy for our loves one, either.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

MRI #2

Recently I’ve talked a bit here – more than I should, probably! – about my chronic migraines, and depression. These things are still ongoing. I’m still coping with them, doing my best for myself, my family, and all of you – my fans, and readers.

Earlier this week I had a second MRI done. Something turned up on the first one a few weeks ago. The doctor isn’t sure just what, though. It’s a “bright spot” that’s being called “an anomaly”. The MRi earlier this week was to allow the doctor a closer look at it. The “bright spot” could be the cause of the migraines. Or it may have been caused by the migraines. Or it might have nothing whatsoever to do with the migraines. I’m still waiting to hear the results on the newest scan.

In the meantime, work on current projects continues. “Hidden Tribe”, coauthored by myself and my very talented wife Desirée Lee, is still going through edits. I’m working on edits for a book by Eldritch Thorn that is to be published by Umbral Press. Desirée and I are also getting ready to leap into the movie script with Mr. Tom Smith, which will be based on one of Mr. Smith’s fantastic songs. And, of course, we’re keeping up with our hit webcomic, “MoonWraith” during all of this, too.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Depression…Definitely

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In a recent post on this blog/website, I talked a bit about my suspected depression. On Wednesday of last week I had the mentioned appointment with the family doctor. As expected, I came out of it with a diagnosis of depression. Not that I needed a doctor to tell me, but he officially diagnosed me with migraines, and allergies, too. I’m now on prescription medication for all three. It’s helping with the depression and the allergies. The migraines? Not so much yet. Still, I’m trying hard to get myself through this for my family, myself, and all of you – my fans and readers.

Can some good come of this? Hopefully. If possible, I’d like use my status as a bestselling, award-winning author to help bring attention to depression. People who have never suffered from it (and you’re lucky if you haven’t!) don’t know what it’s like. It’s not something you just cheer up from, or get over. It’s not a funk over something in your day that put you in a bad mood. It’s a disease. It’s a chemical imbalance in the brain. It’s a serious matter.

If there are any depression awareness, or depression treatment groups out there reading this that would be willing to have an award-winning, bestselling author working with them to bring awareness to the issue of depression, please let me know. I want to hear from you. The best way of getting in touch with me is through the “Contact” page of my website.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Chromotherapy?

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As you all know, I’m Wiccan. It’s something I’ve talked about on this blog/website before a few times. And I’m sure you remember yesterday’s post here regarding my very strong suspicions that I suffer from depression. Over the years, reading various pagan books, I’ve run across the concept of chromotherapy a few times. And light is something I’ve always been fascinated by. Holograms. Prisms. Glowing fiber optic sculptures. Anything glow-in-the-dark. I can stare at any of them for hours.

Now, coping with depression, I’m starting to delve into chromotherapy a bit more. I can’t help but wonder what benefits I might gain from it. Some people might scoff at the idea that exposure to a certain color can have a solid affect on a person, be it physically, or mentally. There’s a lot of strong evidence for this, though, and it’s there for anyone who cares to look for it.

What I’m having trouble finding is any real how-to information. Resources I find, be they in books, or on-line, talk about chromotherapy, show off some vibrant colors, go on about the health benefits, but don’t really explain proper procedures for making use of chromotherapy. Most sources I find that hint at that are medical establishments, and basically say, “Give us a ton of money, and we’ll use chromotherapy to make you better” and stick a hand out for a pile of cash.

No thank you.

Chromotherapy is something I’m sure I can handle myself at home. I just need to learn how. I’m a husband, father, and bestselling, award-winning author. I have responsibilities to my family, and my fans. I need to cope with the depression – ASAP – and be able to handle those responsibilities. This is something I strongly suspect that I’ve been dealing with for years. But, for some reason, it’s gotten much, much worse over the past few weeks. I don’t know why. But I need to get a handle on this, and I need to do it right now.

So, I’m posting this in the hopes that one or more of my readers and fans might be knowledgeable enough in the field of chromotherapy to help me out with this. I won’t be a bit surprised if the doctor puts me on an antidepressant medication after the upcoming appointment. But if chromotherapy can add another angle of treatment, too, so much the better. If anyone reading this has the expertise and knowledge to give me a hand in this matter, please get in touch via the “Contact” page of my website. It would be greatly appreciated.

Scott Harper
www.scottharper.net

Depression…Probably

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Depression seems to be something that a lot of writers suffer from. I’m almost 100% certain that I’m among those ranks. For years, I’ve been coping with it on my own. Recently, however, it’s gotten worse. Looking over lists of symptoms of depression – both physical, and psychological – I can check off a large number as problems that I have. I have a doctor’s appointment coming up soon to speak with the doctor about this. I fully expect to leave his office with a diagnoses of depression.

Why is it that so many writers suffer from depression? Do we gravitate toward our chosen field because of our depression? Or do we wind up depressed because of the hardships, and struggles inherent to what we do? Depression is a chemical problem in the brain. What’s the link between it, and authors?

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Depression & Writers

Depression is a problem that seems to plague authors. Here’s a good article on the subject that’s worth a read: http://www.everydayhealth.com/depression/why-writers-are-prone-to-depression-6709.aspx

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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