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That’s what I keep telling myself during weeks like this… sometimes it’s easier said than done.

I don’t talk about it often, but I suffer from depression.  It’s usually kept in check by regular therapy and, yes, anti-depressants.  But sometimes the medication stops working and it has to be changed.

So, a couple of months ago, I went off Paxil and on to Cymbalta.  Apparently,  about 1.3% of the people on Cymbalta develop liver problems from the drug, and it looks like I was one of them.  After a series of blood tests and a liver ultrasound, it looks like I got off the stuff before any damage was done.  But I was also off of any medication for over week… and that’s when a mad man with a gun killed 12 people and injured 58 others in Colorado.

To say I let it get to me is an understatement.

I’ve been off my game this week, and trying to feel better.  I started on a new medication yesterday (though I’m not sure that’s the right one for me either, but I’ll deal with that with my doctor…)  

Anyway, I just started reading the New Yorker profile on Bruce Springsteen, only to learn that he, too, suffers from depression.  There’s comfort in knowing we’re not alone.  Just as I received so many notes of thanks from listeners who appreciated that I admitted to it during filling in for Randi Rhodes one afternoon recently, so do I appreciate Bruce Springsteen’s “coming out”…  

This morning on the show, I spoke with a couple of truly inspirational people… Joel Silberman is a media strategist and trainer who does his best to help the good guys shine.  It is all about the message, and how we deliver it!

And in the second hour, Van Jones was kind enough to join me to continue the conversation we started last Friday on Randi’s show…  Van personifies the “don’t let the bastards get you down” meme…  After coming under fire from all around, he went on to be co-founder of Rebuild the Dream and write the book Rebuild the Dream too..  and he’s building a movement.  We’d all be better people by listening and taking what he says to heart!