Dear Abby, Dear Abby
Actually, it's from Ann Landers, her sister. The column had a question which related to manic depression. (2-16-96, Denver Post):
Dear Ann Landers: I am a college-educated man who works in
the building trades. I would like your honest opinion on suicide.
I am considering it. In spite of my incredibly tortured life, I
have a good wife and two lovely children. I have suffered through
years of manic-depression, or as the modern medical community
prefers to call it, "bipolar disorder."
It's a disease that puts its victims through hell and makes
death look inviting. I have been to at least 20 psychologists,
psychiatrists, priests and counselors, but after three or four
weeks of feeling fairly normal, the depression returns with a
I appear to be perfectly normal, but I agonize daily about my
wish to die. I know this is a lot to lay on you, Ann, but with
your many years of advice-giving, do you have any for me?--
Bill in Oregon
Dear Bill: You say you have been to dozens of
psychologists and psychiatrists. Didn't any of them suggest that
you take medication? There are a number of excellent
anti-depressants on the market that help people like you.
I urge you to try the professionals again and take this
column with you. Also, look into the National Depressive and
Manic-Depressive Association, 730 N. Franklin, Chicago, IL.
60610, 1-800-826-3632, and D/ART (Depression Awarenes,
Recognition and Treatment Program), Room L., Rockville, MD,
20857. Good luck, Bill. Let me know you followed through.
I'm worried about you.
Modified December 26, 2002