Puff the Magic Dragon

Ever since I was very young, I have wept at the sound of the Peter, Paul, and Mary classic Puff the Magic Dragon.  Now that I am on meds for bi-polar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, &c., I no longer do.  I sort of wish I still did.  Is the present me me, or has me changed?  I’m told that I likely will have to remain on these or similar medications for the rest of my life.  What have I lost?  What have I gained?

Published by Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organised the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Personal queries should be directed to me at eccentricbliss dot com.

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  1. I guess it is a tradeoff. I am on some meds also. I don’t remember much that felt good about being depressed, although I read and wrote more poetry when I was depressed. But when I had kids, I had no time to write poetry, but every single little action felt like lifting weights on Jupiter, and sometimes breathing felt as if the air itself were thick and heavy. Just to do the ordinary things required extraordinary effort, and was accompanied by constant guilt at what I was not accomplishing. So I consider the trade off worth it.
    Susan Peterson

  2. I hear you both. I am on six different meds for depression, OCD, etc. I’m not sure how much they help me though…

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