Inkwell: Authors and Artists
Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Sat 21 Sep 02 19:11
I'm just poking my head back in with a few madly self-promotional announcements: First, WITD is mentioned in this week's "Working Wounded" column, which runs on ABCNews.com and the Wall St. Journal online as well as in a bunch of newspapers large and small (including the SF Chronicle, hooray!). Second, we've just launched a bulletin board on Hazelden's own website, and Beth and I will be checking in regularly to talk about depression and work, answer questions, and wax opinionated on related issues. You can find out more at our own website: http://www.workinginthedark.com/share.html And third -- less an announcement than a request -- if you've read WITD and enjoyed it, please do us the honor of giving us a positive review on Amazon. We got a really great one last week that just made us glow with happiness. In my opinion, good reviews are even better than medication.
It's all done with mirrors... (kafclown) Sun 22 Sep 02 19:27
Gail Williams (gail) Mon 23 Sep 02 09:45
Great going, Fawn.
Marcy Sheiner (mmarquest) Sun 17 Nov 02 20:37
Two months since the last post. I hope someone wanders in here again. I just got hip to all the great topics here on inkwell and am slowly going thru them. So far this has been the most interesting and relevant one for me personally. I gotta get this book. My work and finances have been the primary source of my depression for most of my life.I began taking antidepressants about six years ago. Now that I'm disabled physically I'm even deeper into depression and have been fine-tuning the medications. I was mostly freelancing before the physical illness struck. Now I am doing almost nothing in terms of freelancing and little about finding a job. I do collect royalties, and I got six months of SSI while acutely ill; I'm now trying to make that permanent. Do you know, and/or do you deal in your book with the issue of how difficult, or easy, is it to claim disability and collect SSI or SSDI payments because of depression?
Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Mon 18 Nov 02 18:46
I'm sorry, Marcy, we didn't touch on those topics at all. However, we spent quite a bit of space on how to tell if your depression qualifies as a disability under the ADA, so you might find that helpful in making your argument to the SSI/SSDI folks.
Marcy Sheiner (mmarquest) Mon 18 Nov 02 20:42
Thanks. I'm trying to get permanent SSi based on my lung disease, but should i get denied I will reapply based on depression; my therapist suggested it! I'll check out your book .
Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Thu 21 Nov 02 09:08
Thank you! I hope it's useful.
Pyrus malus (pyrus-malus) Mon 6 Jan 03 22:46
I've actually found that working is one of the best antidotes for my depression. It's sometimes a struggle to stay focused now that I'm a student and essentially work for myself, but I always feel stronger after I've made progress. The same applies to running- though I sometimes hate to do it, it always proves to have been worthwhile.
Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Sun 19 Jan 03 12:31
Erk, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back here! Yes, lots of people with depression find that work helps them focus and takes their minds off the symptoms. I love the analogy to running (or any other exercise) -- it's hard to get started sometimes, but you always feel better afterwards. Hey, for those of you in the Midwest, I'm going to be doing a Q&A and booksigning (minus my co-author) on January 26 at 2pm at the Barnes & Noble in Ladue, MO. That's suburban St. Louis. If you can tear yourself away from the Super Bowl pre-game festivities, come on out and say hi.
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