In your mind, it was always her that left you, not the other way around.\n\nSoon enough, both of you are in tears as you talk through it. You've been trying to fall asleep for over 3 hours now to no avail. another one says over him. \n\nYou picture yourself sitting on the therapist's couch and you hate yourself. \n\nInstead, you get very quiet for the rest of the meal while your mind goes numb. Your boss nods in a way that signifies he's no more comfortable with this conversation than you are, but nevertheless hands you a business card with the number for Employee Services, telling you they can put you in touch with someone who can help you deal with this sort of thing, before standing up to end the meeting.\n\nIt was far from how you would have chosen to spend your afternoon, but at least you still have your job. I guess I've been having kind of a hard time lately. We really want to thank you for taking the time to play //Depression Quest//. She fell asleep hours ago, and you've been laying here unable to shut your brain up long enough to fall asleep. \n\n//"Well as long as you're ok honey..."// her voice trails.\n\nAs your mother returns to what amounts to more or less smalltalk, you realize that this part of the conversation has happened a lot recently - someone will express concern for you, or ask if you're okay out of seemingly nowhere. It's an entirely different situation for it to be something she has to live with alongside you. You send off a quick text to Alex hoping that conversation will help pull you out of your head enough to relax, but you know she's in class tonight and the chances of her replying are slim. As you watch houses and cars zip by, he asks //"Anything you want to talk about? Even though he's an "internet friend", sometimes when you are too down to be social, he's the perfect person to talk to. \n\n//"So how can I help? It was an accepted risk of the decision not to tell her, but you're starting to feel like you made the wrong choice and that too much has happened to bring it up now.<> Though you don't fault her for it, when she expects you to act like a normal person who isn't grappling with a mental illness and you're unable to, it deeply hurts you.\n\n//"I..."// you start to speak but the words choke in your throat. Talking to someone never hurts. She's also got a wide variety of interests, and often times you worry that you might be too "boring" for her, but she has been good at trying to reassure you that she's happy with you. You tell her how it's more than just feeling sad sometimes, how you feel trapped by your own mind sometimes, how sometimes you feel nothing at all, and how you can't shake it off. It's one you would have to spill your guts to adequately describe, which would be an almost impossible feat to perform at the moment. While you are terrified of seeming melodramatic or defective, more than anything else you're terrified of disappointing Amanda and //not// going. \n\n//"So,"// she starts, //"What do you think? It's really cool you did. \n\nAs you leave, you make a second appointment. \n\nSoon enough, both of you are in tears as you talk through it. You wonder if you're really fooling anyone into thinking you're a normal person, and then you wonder if your brother knows and is hanging out with you out of pity tonight.\n\nAfter he drops you back off at your apartment, you throw the night guard out. "//\n\nAlex smiles and cuddles up against you a bit closer than she already was. Things get a little awkward, and eventually the two of you decide to stop for the night.<>you're having problems getting physically aroused. Looking at her door, it doesn't make sense to you. On this day your job misery seems to have reached critical mass, and not even shedding your rain-laden and uncomfortable work clothes helps you to unwind from your work day.\n\nYou collapse into your couch, blank and numb. I'm going to develop that one a bit further.//. You never feel like you know how to act in group outings, and you feel like a total creep since it seems to come so naturally to anyone who isn't you. You feel horribly embarrassed about how emotional you'd gotten over mistaken assumptions the night before.\n\n[[Next.|weshouldTalk]]\n\n<>
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<>\nYou have your first session with your new therapist, Dr. Susan Melville, a tall woman in her mid 40's with a disarming demeanor and patient eyes with the start of the slightest smile lines. Who knows - you may not be far from taking a leap and trying for something new.\n\nIt's been some time since you've hung out with any of your friends in earnest, and now that you feel like you're coming out of the woods you're beginning to feel self-conscious about having alienated them over the past little while. "//\n\nYour father interrupts, lightly placing his hand over your mother's. \n\nIt's incredibly difficult for you to open up about this, but you take her hand and try to. You connect with him on a meaningful level, and you've found it easier to be yourself while talking to him than you do in most face to face social interactions. His wife Karen is there too, whom you've always gotten along well with <>, and your parents even agreed to let you bring your kitten along; she's been darting in and out of people's legs and hopping into laps all night<>.\n\nAs you thoughtfully munch away at your turkey, listening to the conversations around you, your thoughts drift back over the last few months. //"Sure, we could try it, but we'll have to figure out logistics, and I have to-"//\n\nYou interrupt her with a tight hug, which she seems initially tense but loosens up to. \n\nYou slide your hands off your face to look at your screen as it beeps at you. \n\nHearing about the day to day details of her life back home reminds you of being a little kid in that neighborhood, and is a pleasant distraction. It DOES get awfully lonely around your apartment, and it might feel less empty with a cat around. "// you ask.\n\n//"Well... yeah, I do. You withdraw entirely and<> outside of work your only interaction with another living creature is with your cat.<> You hardly leave your apartment despite it practically haunting you with memories of the last few weeks of your time with her. However, all that drinking accomplished was making you even more tired and unfocused, and you stick to your girlfriend for the rest of the night, staying fairly quiet in group conversations.\n\nLater that night, as the two of you are both tipsy and dozing off, Alex cuddles up to you and lightly slurs //"I'm really glad you turned up tonight. Depression Quest is an interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression. \n\nYou mention that you're feeling ill because you're not sure how else to explain those feelings to someone else, and say that you aren't sure that you can make it tonight. He wanted to give you space to figure it out, and didn't want to put more stress on you the way your parents do. You've never meant to hurt her, and you are torn up that you've caused her pain. She breaks eye contact and takes a deep breath, which spikes your anxiety. Your panic escalates as the more desperate you are to find the right words for her makes her pull further away from you, and it turns into a full blown fight. What do you do?\n\n[[1: Accept a prescription as a way to augment your therapy.|hugsandDrugs]]\n[[2: Tell her you'd like to try drugs instead of therapy. "//<>\n\nThe two of you talk about it further, and you apologize for letting her down. Feeling defeated, you hang up and lay in bed, thoughts gnawing at you as you do. Reassure her that you are committed to working through things.|genuinelyreassureHer]]<>\n[[5: You still want this. //"Hey kiddo, you alright in there? This fact is fuel for your illness, and becomes another aspect of your life that you berate yourself for.\n\nDespite sleeping in the same bed, she feels further away than ever before. \n\nInstead, you tell her that you have to run all of a sudden, and tell her you love her and hang up. \n\n1: It's probably silly, but it's reassuring when I hear that we're on the same page.\n<>2: I want to make sure I'm right for you.<>[[2: I want to make sure I'm right for you.|rightforYou]]<>\n[[3: I know it's not what you'd usually be up to.|usuallyupTo]]\n[[4: I don't know. But you get the impression they don't fully understand you. Why couldn't you find the right words to let her down gently, without her thinking that she had done something wrong? You can tell he wants to understand what you're telling him, but has never had to deal with anything even remotely like this before.\n\n<>While it feels good to finally spill your guts, as it were, you worry about having overstepped your bounds and try and rein things back in in an attempt to help save your job. It’s an intense experience compressed into a single sit-down session of less than a half hour. \n\n//"I'm so happy you came! "// you think, repeating it in your mind. This fact is fuel for your illness, and becomes another aspect of your life that you berate yourself for.\n\nDespite sleeping in the same bed, she feels further away than ever before.<>\n \n[[Next.|familyChristmas]]\n\n<>
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