To Macro or Micro Dose?

In my year of women, I’m reading books written only by women, and I had a fun juxtaposition recently. Because I’m constantly drawn to memoir, I downloaded Cat Marnell’s, How to Murder Your Life. I read this book, though, after reading A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman. Both books are about drug use, but along different lines. Marnell chronicles abuse alongside what it’s like to be a beauty editor for a magazine (all that swag!), and Waldman documents her heavily researched use of micro-dosing to treat depression, along with delving into laws, discrimination, and some myth-busting around LSD and other drugs that society has deemed inexcusable. It was somewhat like a roller coaster ride to read these two back-to-back: Marnell is very fond of the exclamation point!!! And she does not hesitate to use it! Often! I had to adapt to this, but grew to appreciate the candor (along with the horror) of much of what she survived. I also got a glimpse into the world of magazines and fashion that I’ve never seen. I related more to Waldman, though, because I, too, deal with depression and PMDD, and reading her book made me reconsider my biases and beliefs when it comes to LSD, and allowed me to see how a small dose of such could have extremely positive results (but too bad, as it’s illegal and we’re all out of luck until the laws change). Waldman adds to the memoir structure by including a good deal of research, which really adds depth to the subject material; she moves between the personal and society-at-large very well. I recommend both books, and enjoyed the juxtaposition of reading them back to back.

Current reading is Sharon Old’s Stag’s Leap (thanks to my pal Julia who gifted me a copy). I’d had this on my list for a long time, but am happy to have a physical copy. Because I’m impatient and live in a rural area, I still download a good number of books. However, when I love one, I must own it. Therefore, a shout-out to a book of essays on depression (and so much more) that I read at the tail end of last year that was quite powerful: Melissa Broder’s, So Sad Today. It’s on my iPad, but now I must have a physical copy for my bookshelf.

Here’s to more sunny weather (and warmer) and, just as importantly, to good books!

 

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7 thoughts on “To Macro or Micro Dose?

  1. Thanks for these great reviews! I suffer from depression, too, and Waldman’s book grabbed my attention after I read an article about her in the NYT. Since I take an SSRI, I don’t know if it would even work for me to take micro doses. But, I wish it were legal so that I could discuss this treatment with my doctor.

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  2. As you know I have been taking an antidepressant (actually more for anxiety) for many years. However I could not, would not consider using anything like LSD! Micro or not, due to my history of addiction and my chemical knowledge. (I will admit to a secret desire to try a cannabis brownie, after witnessing some older women laughing themselves silly in a movie.)

    I do understand and share your love of the printed book. As you say, when I find one that speaks to my core, I have to own it! (I still intend to read the English translation of Jung’s Red Book so that you may have it, if you still want it. (That purchase being a prime example of my book lust winning over practicality!)

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  3. Great post, Rose. I believe I’d like to read these books. I am very interested in mental health and treatment for depression. My father’s family carries that gene, it seems. Too bad micro doses can’t be used medically to help folks.

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