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My therapist says she can always tell when I’m feeling better because I’m wearing makeup, jewelry and a decent outfit.
Consider me sitting here right now one day after electroshock therapy to alleviate anxiety and depression. I’m wearing three bracelets my mother-in-law gave me and some fabulous dangly earrings I’ve had since high school, all of which have been sitting in the closet. I’m also wearing a pink knit jacket and pink shawl, which I discovered in my closet along with all sorts of other clothes I’d forgotten I owned.
“Gee, I really have some nice clothes,” I caught myself saying, perusing my garments like a foreigner in a strange land. It felt like a genuine discovery.
During the last few years that I’ve been suffering from anxiety and depression, I’ve tended to wear the same outfits for weeks at a time, along with little jewelry and no makeup. Today, the first thing I did after arising feeling better from ECT treatment was to change the outfit I’d been wearing for a month, and put on some new jewelry and makeup.
Who says you can’t read a woman by her outward appearance? From my experience, the amount of attention a woman gives her appearance says a lot about how she feels in the world. The long, sparkling earrings I’m wearing right now and the three beautiful bracelets from my mother-in-law say everything about my present state.
It’s nice to be feeling well enough to put them and a little mascara on.
The things that come back first when you feel like your old self are often so familiar that they’re hard to appreciate. Makeup, jewelry and clothes – they are of minor importance to most women.
But to a woman recovering from anxiety and depression they can make the difference between who you were and who you long to be.
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