Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Reader urges others to get screened for depression
Dear Annie: I want to food? share my story of depresOur favorite Japanese sion — and hope — so that place has a tip jar at the sushi it might help others. bar. I feel a tip should be left I’m nearly 50 now, but for both the server and the only recently did I recog- chef, but I don’t know how nize the depression that has to divide it. I was told that plagued my life. I had the the sushi chefs keep their symptoms for decades: bursts tips and the others are split. of anger, loss of appetite, I’d appreciate some guidlack of interest in work and ance. — Liz activities, avoiding people, Dear Liz: At a buffet, constantly thinketiquette experts ing about death. A recommend a 10 few years ago, it percent tip (on the hit me hard. For pre-tax amount) weeks, I couldn’t because the server leave my bed, and takes drink orders suicidal thoughts and clears the table. filled my mind. I If you sit at a sushi was a “dead man bar where the food walking.” My is served directemotions were ly to you, tip the burned away, and chef on the food I saw no point in and the server on living. Annie’s Mailbox your drinks. If the Finally, I began server brings you seeing a therapist the food, tip the on a weekly basis. Progress server. Tip jars, whether at was slow, but each bit of a sushi bar or a coffee shop, relief was a stepping-stone do not obligate you to leave out of the darkness. I learned anything. However, if the that you have to look after service (or sushi) was excepyourself. Overworking, not tional or complicated, or if eating right, lack of exercise, you are a regular customer, not enough sunshine and cut- you may wish to do so. ting yourself off from social Dear Annie: I would like situations all feed depres- to respond to “The Drunk’s sion. If you can get out of Wife.” My 67-year-old bed and get out the door — if husband came home many only for a little while — nights so drunk he could that’s a major thing. barely stand up. After putNational Depression ting up with this for 40 Screening Day is Thursday, years, I finally had enough. October 11. I recently found I told him that I loved him, out about it from a friend. but the next time it hapI wish I’d known about pened, I’d be gone. Two it years ago and taken a weeks later, he came home screening. Readers can go toasted, and I packed a to HelpYourselfHelpOthers. bag and left. He called all org and find a nearby night, begging me to come screening location or take a back. The following day, free, anonymous screening we talked. I said I’d return, online. They also can find but there would be no more out what to do next. I’m second chances. He knew alive today because I man- I meant it. That was two aged to get help in time, but years ago. He hasn’t been I lost years of real living drunk since, and our marbefore I understood that I riage is better than ever. — had depression. I strongly Stuck to My Guns urge anyone reading this who even suspects they might have depression to do a screening. Sincerely — Mike Stephens Dear Mike: Thank you for sharing your story. Depression affects millions of Americans from all walks of life and all demographics. National Depression Screening Day can be enormously helpful for those who are concerned about depression. We hope our readers will check HelpYourselfHelpOthers. org to find out about a screening. Dear Annie: What do I tip when eating at a buffet where the server takes the drink orders but does nothing else? What about at a Japanese restaurant where the server takes our orders and serves the meal, but the sushi chef prepares the
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