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Thank you, Clay. I think all of us have made bad decisions because of depression. Not just in relationships but in other areas of life as well. I am fortunate that my wife has managed to put up with me and my illness for twenty years. It has not been easy at times for either of us, but I can’t imagine trying to get through life without her.
Sometimes when depression leaves me exhausted, it’s easy to believe that the thoughts and actions that result are at the core of who I really am. For me, that results in cycles of self-flogging and misery that only reinforce the original thinking. I know it’s false, but that’s not how it feels.
Were I to feel the pressure to always be in a relationship, I have no doubt that I would experience the cycle depicted in this week’s strip.
perfect timing. Spent today wallowing because I’m pretty sure I need to end my current relationship as my partner has had a full alcoholism relapse and my partner tends to get manipulative and forget how strong they are when they drink. But I know I’ll end up back with them again when they sober up for a week >.<
Hayley Lauren says
for a split second i thought this was wren and my heart jumped into my throat omg
Dennis Kroschke says
Sometimes its better to stay alone, just to keep yourself safe. Even if that means for the rest of your life. I hope VR gets soon real. At least you can go to a more peaceful place than this world
Lithium Dragon says
My depressed ex has left me to go back his trend of toxic relationships. He had a history of past girlfriends who’ve used and abused him before leaving him… then when I tried to be the one who’d be different and treated him with love, he leaves me. I truly pity him for the choices he’s making for himself while pretending he’s okay. Such a cruel illness indeed.
I’m sorry to hear that, yet I understand completely. With all due respect for your pain, would it be okay to explore this in the strip?
Lithium Dragon says
Absolutely Clay. It’s been a difficult pain to come to terms with and learn to let go with love when he went off into the arms of another woman who’s got mental issues herself. Whether it’s with her or someone else in the future, I’ll always love him and wish him well if/when he’ll eventually get help for himself.
Ardent Slacker says
Sounds like the “I do not deserve love” flavor of derp-pression. (I like saying derp-pression, because A) it makes us dumb B) it’s less scary. C) separates it from the other kind.)
Can really relate here. Depression can rob you of the simple things, like love. Whether because your depression is too much for someone else or depression poisons your mind and makes you feel unworthy of love, which creates so many issues. It can be such a battle to be in a relationship when you have depression, but if you have an understanding partner, that can make a world of difference. The best relationship I ever had was with someone who was also depressed. Unfortunately, he moved away, so we broke up. I’m hoping I can find something like that again, one day.
Elie Hirschman says
On point as always, Clay.
I do, however miss the old style of drawing that you used to use to make the comic.
Meg Anne says
This is draining me to see this because its so darn real.
Depression costed me my relationships. The bad and good ones. I lost one past week. I feel numb.