Synonyms :: Other Words For My Depressive Disorder (Not Otherwise Specified)

by Adrienne Novy

crying during your counseling session
or
explaining to your therapist how lonely the cold months are
or
January in Minnesota
or
a blizzard of headaches
or
to be stranded in a whiteout
or
the blankness of a dry mouth
or
dripping your spine into the shower drain
or
snuffing out the light
or
Prozac startling your brain, smacking you in the forehead with a shovel
or
vivid nightmares of premeditated murders: a bitter man breaking into the hospital, brandishing a machete
or
carving out pieces of yourself with an apple knife, rationing your body for the winter
or
mistaking a flurry for an avalanche
or
snow banks of dirty clothes, three weeks worth of dishes, empty coffee cups, a refrigerator full of rotting
or
avoiding the climbing; being suffocated by mountains.

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