A Ridiculous Fear

“What exactly are you anxious of?” she asked with chiefly hidden exasperation.

“They’ll genius me down for the study,” he related.  

“But you don’t be destitute of to be in the study.  Don’t you continue sending people copies of that lofty review of the books exposing the lucrative deceive of psycho-pharmacology?”  

He nodded.  “I produce, and I believe, as the cited studies make clear, that the placebo is 84% as effective as the patent drugs they command, to maximize ease and profits in place of the difficult probing for solutions to the person’s problems.”  

“And you get already been taking a placebo because months, and noticing it makes you be stirred slightly better once you down it each day.”  

“I bear, yes,” he said.  

“So what exactly is your fear?” she asked.  

“I’m alarmed I will not present as depressed enough to qualify for the medication study, and I’ll exist stuck in this semi-depressive express forever,” he said.  

“You effect how ridiculous that is, I tick?  You are against the medications, except afraid you’re not depressed enough to qualify for the medications…”  She looked at him and he shrugged, noncommittal.   “I have power to tell you one thing– you are depressing plenty to qualify me for the study.”

“What a mean thing to say to a depressed bodily form,” he said.

“Well, gee,” she said, “I’m no psychiatrist or anything, yet, scary as this will no have ~s about be to you, you seem to not absent just fine, making jokes, watching movies, following the information, showering every day, your weight staying the same– you could make no use of 15 pounds, you know, it wouldn’t afflict you– you’re not sleeping 3 hours a obscurity, or ten.   You’re just…. how do I put this gently?”  

“This should have existence good,” he said.   

But he in no degree got to hear it, the phone rang and she leaped nimbly facing the hook to talk to a dear companion for an hour as he tapped the screen of his iPad, spelling words against the clock, losing badly, and playing once more, badly, then again.


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