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Meghan Stanton
Baltimore, MD
Writer and Actor from Charm City.
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Part one of a series on art, artists, anxiety, and antidepressants. by Meghan Stanton Wellbutrin is one of several trade names for the anti-depressant bupropion hydrochloride, and it is the one printed in bold, blocky letters on the side of my pill bottle. It is among the most frequently prescribed anti-depressants in the United States because of its relative lack of side-effects. Relative being the key term. Common side-effects of Wellbutrin include: anxiety, irregular heartbeats, shaking, shortness of breath, insomnia, nausea, weight loss, pharyngitis (sore throat), dizziness, headache, constipation, and xerostomia (dry mouth). In some cases, patients experience constant buzzing... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2016 at Crazytown
Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Prescription by Meghan Stanton I have been taking antidepressants for around six months. In just under three months, therefore, I will need to make a choice: continue my current course of medication or throw caution to the wind and give my brain a chance to prove it has stopped trying to eat itself. In cases of long-cycling major depressive disorder, like mine, the relapse rate hovers around fifty percent. Which doesn't sound so bad, except that a relapse might occur anywhere from five minutes to fifty years after I stopped... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Crazytown
“Old man, if you give those dogs another piece of my food, I’ll kick you ‘til you’re dead.” by Meghan Stanton Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers for the movie Moonstruck. Which has been out since 1972. So, really, I don't apologize. In the last few years, Hollywood has become obsessed with trying to crank out the perfect ensemble rom-com. Every new movie has managed to outdo its predecessors in ridiculous failure. (Valentine’s Day, New Year’s Eve, other non-holiday-themed movies. They can’t all be Love Actually.) But some peculiar combination of stubbornness and hubris means that the suntanned execs out... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Crazytown
Live like you're the cutest kid at the mall. by Meghan Stanton Once, when I was a wee bairn, my mother entered me in a toddler fashion show. I have no memory of this event – but, from what I have gathered from photographs, it was a very informal affair. It was in a mall, and a herd of children in Sunday-best paraded around the central fountain, waving and otherwise acknowledging the admiring crowds. There was some kind of emcee, about whom I have always been curious. Was he paid? Where did he come from? Why did a gathering of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Crazytown
When living like a night owl makes ya scowl. by Meghan Stanton When I moved home to Baltimore, I had very few illusions that it would be a smooth transition. There is a certain romance to making art in the place that made you; I clung to that shiny ideal with rapidly whitening knuckles as I tried to fit my adult-sized body into the adolescent bodysuit I had left in my childhood bedroom. (This is a metaphor for the friction between two halves of my developing self, but also I literally don’t fit into any of the clothes I left... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Crazytown
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