Act Three, Chapter Three: 12

21st Aug 11:18 PM, 2017 in Act Three: Chapter Three
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Act Three, Chapter Three: 12
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Author Notes:

MsMegan 21st Aug 11:18 PM, 2017 edit delete
MsMegan
Hello Dear Readers! Today's comic has choose-your-own commentary! If you are someone who doesn't struggle with depression or mental illness, please ready COMMENT #1. If you are someone who does, please read COMMENT #2.

COMMENT #1
Sometimes you draw a two page spread, and posting it as an internet comic means an update that's just a butt.

COMMENT #2
I feel like I should probably be saying something deep about the topic at hand, but I've spent so much time wading around in it over the past decade that I'm sort of exhausted by that prospect. It's easy to wallow (Depression loves wallowing) and dwell, so instead I want to give you guys some actionables.

I want to encourage any of you who struggle with anxiety, depression or any of its dreadful cousins to make an appointment to talk honestly with a doctor about it. I know some of you probably live in the US, which makes it much harder, but if you can, do. Especially if you're a student. You don't have to commit to any course of action beyond that, but if things feel bad, and have been bad longer than two weeks, or if you've been feeling scrambly, confused, or like the world is shifting under your feet, go and look over your options, and get a real diagnosis from a professional. Ask to be referred to a specialist. Be ready to wait a long, long time to see one, but get yourself on that list now. Be firm. Don't leave without a plan for your next steps.

Taking medication is not weakness. Depression can be chemical, and medicine can help you fix your chemicals, just like a diabetic person might need insulin to fix theirs. It can take time to find the right medicine, so don't give up if things don't improve right away. Don't be afraid to have your medicine adjusted if things seem off.

Getting therapy is not weakness. Depression can be tied to trauma, stress, or can be situational. Unravelling things can help you understand yourself better, so you can identify triggers, and bad situations or people, and it can help you head off a depressive cycle by recognizing it early.

Group Therapy isn't better or worse than one-on-one therapy. You can learn a lot of great coping methods and tools in a group setting, and you still get access to professional staff. It can also be a form of self-care just by getting you on a schedule where you have to prioritize yourself regularly.

If you've struggled with mental illness, I know how confusing, frightening, and downright deadening it can be. It's invisible, and in some places it's still taboo to discuss or admit to. You may have to fight hard just to be taken seriously, but if you're drowning inside, you deserve to be taken seriously because this. Is. Serious.

I'm afraid I'm not in a position to help anybody with their troubles, and I've found myself pulled under when trying to toss out life preservers in the past, but I hope you'll take this message to heart if you need it. If you've been worrying, or feeling uncertain, please take this as the sign you've been looking for to go and get professional, trained help. If you're in crisis right now, you can google "suicide hotline" and your province or state. Many also offer chat or text options. If you're not in immediate danger, you can call up your doctor or a nearby clinic and set up an appointment to discuss options going forward.

Depression is a sneaky, lying, SOB, and you shouldn't believe anything it tells you. You deserve to feel better and you deserve good, professional care to help you get there.

Secret bonus comment #3
Heh. Butts.
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Jessie Blue 22nd Aug 12:21 AM, 2017 edit delete reply
Jessie Blue
There is a great little comic I first saw on tumblr that depicts depression as a spiteful shadow that tells you everything is terrible. At the end the person tells depression off when it tries to say that it is the voice of reason and the person says back "You ain't the voice of reason you a little &*%$#@!!" Sometimes the voice of depression sounds like our own voice but we have to remember it is the lying voice that only sees negative in everything.
(heh... butts...)
Mar-ee 22nd Aug 12:21 AM, 2017 edit delete reply
Dramatic and powerful moment here
metaceryn 22nd Aug 12:40 AM, 2017 edit delete reply
metaceryn
The 5-point ComicFury rating scale is insufficient; I want to give this page and every Author’s Comment its own 5.

Also, I concur re: butts.
metaceryn 22nd Aug 1:16 AM, 2017 edit delete reply
metaceryn
Forgive me, for I have memed.
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SpoonyViking 22nd Aug 12:14 PM, 2017 edit delete reply
Thou art forgiven. Now go, and sin no more!

:-P
Pat R 22nd Aug 3:13 AM, 2017 edit delete reply
As it's been said, that fountain is a bugger of a(n) _______. Insert your own explicit word in the space provided! :D

All hail the mighty bootaaaaaay!
Guest 22nd Aug 6:56 AM, 2017 edit delete reply
Oh boy.
RosesnWater 22nd Aug 2:14 PM, 2017 edit delete reply
I love how everything ties in with Argus thinking poorly of people (since he's been treated so badly by them) and how his potential last thoughts were on human/anaimal hearts and how this lead to his magical transformation via evil water fountain. (Also your comments on depression are so thoughtful, thank you for putting them in the author's note, a lot of friend's of mine have struggled with depression, and it's painful to know something as a third person and think nothing can be done, but it's even worse when it's happening to you, so thank you).

At this point I love Argus so much, but I feel like I almost want to see him turn human (forgive me!!??) only because 1) he's suffered so much to go through the rest of his life as a beast might be difficult for him and 2) somehow I feel like accepting the fact that he is a human and knowing that although the humans he knew were unfair and rejected him, he still managed to become a kind but flawed person and that he loves beauty who is also flawed, but has a faithful heart when it comes down to it.

.... On the other hand I would also be happy if this baby just gets to live.
Fluffy 22nd Aug 7:27 PM, 2017 edit delete reply
Do he got the booty?
metaceryn 22nd Aug 8:27 PM, 2017 edit delete reply
metaceryn
Oh you know he got the booty.
Fluffy 22nd Aug 11:02 PM, 2017 edit delete reply
He dooooooooo
metaceryn 23rd Aug 1:25 AM, 2017 edit delete reply
metaceryn
It’s actually the first page of MsMegan’s next project, Booty and the Boots.
Fluffy 24th Aug 7:46 PM, 2017 edit delete reply
Take my money.
Cat 23rd Aug 7:55 AM, 2017 edit delete reply
If it's a double-page, why not release it as one, albeit larger image?
Cat 23rd Aug 7:56 AM, 2017 edit delete reply
Also, while I do suffer from depression, none of the Beast's lines are triggering to me (fortunately). Probably because the problems are vastly different.
Cartoon Sara 23rd Aug 10:36 AM, 2017 edit delete reply
Comment #2: We'll said.

Sometimes I find it can be helpful to externalize depression, to think of what it's trying to tell you as coming from an outside source. It's not "you," it's not the "truth," it's not the magical all-knowing voice of logic. It's just some thoughts that one, chemically imbalanced part of your brain came up with. Or the voice of some person - real or fictional - who you don't like and have no reason to listen to anyway.

Not saying it's easy to do, but it helps sometimes.

Comment #1: To paraphrase Freud, sometimes an update is just a butt.

Cartoon Sara 23rd Aug 10:36 AM, 2017 edit delete reply
Comment #2: We'll said.

Sometimes I find it can be helpful to externalize depression, to think of what it's trying to tell you as coming from an outside source. It's not "you," it's not the "truth," it's not the magical all-knowing voice of logic. It's just some thoughts that one, chemically imbalanced part of your brain came up with. Or the voice of some person - real or fictional - who you don't like and have no reason to listen to anyway.

Not saying it's easy to do, but it helps sometimes.

Comment #1: To paraphrase Freud, sometimes an update is just a butt.

FelinaofL2 23rd Aug 12:45 PM, 2017 edit delete reply
I'm glad about Comment #2. I don't have depression/anxiety myself, but one of my dearest friends does, and over the years I've supported her with all that I have. She's come a long way since our friendship started 10+ years ago, and I'm really proud of her for taking care of herself and getting into a better place. :)

...Heehee, BUTTS.
Dally Daydream 23rd Aug 4:19 PM, 2017 edit delete reply
Thank you for the kind words you clearly put a lot of care into. It means the world to me when people help contribute to the destigmatisation of mental illnesses by being open and honest about the subject.

And thank you for the butts because laughter is a good remedy. ;)
Narnia4Aslan 9th Sep 9:04 PM, 2017 edit delete reply
So, I know it's been a while since you posted this, though it still seems like just yesterday. I've been wanting to comment, but any words of mine are inadequate to express the heart-jolt of emotion these past pages have given me. Words are still inadequate, only: Thank you.