\n\n//"So how can I help? You wanted to tell her how much you love her, but you couldn't make the words come out right and ended up sounding defensive instead.\n\nAs you lay there next to her now, you trace your fingers across her arm just lightly enough to not wake her. In fact, your relationship with many of them has increased over the past little while. Distract yourself.|distractYourself]]\n\n<>
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<>\n\nIt's an unseasonably warm Wednesday evening. You've started existing merely on a day-to-day basis.\n\nYour relationship with your friends has started to deteriorate as well. "//\n\n//"Yeah, she wouldn't get it. "//\n\nShe looks at you with sad eyes before kissing you on the forehead. <>Alex knows you very well, but she still doesn't know about your condition. "// you say. Sometimes people who are feeling depressed think about hurting themselves or dying. With your desire to interact with the world completely eroded, she spends more and more of her time at home with you; a fact which in spite of your anhedonia you feel guilty about. \n\nTwenty semi-tedious games of //Bejeweled Blitz// later, your partner returns. What do you need me to do?// she asks. You can tell he wants to understand what you're telling him, but has never had to deal with anything even remotely like this before.\n\n<>While it feels good to finally spill your guts, as it were, you worry about having overstepped your bounds and try and rein things back in in an attempt to help save your job. Break things off, for you.<>[[3: You're having difficulty managing the relationship and your personal life. You withdraw entirely and<> outside of work your only interaction with another living creature is with your cat.<> outside of work, you don't leave your apartment.<> You can't stop replaying the failures you made with her over and over in your head, wondering what could've been if you weren't such a fuckup. An overwhelming feeling of exhaustion overcomes you, and you feel like your energy levels are low enough that you'll likely settle into a single activity tonight.\n\nWhat do you do?\n\n1: Just shake off your bad mood and do something fun for the rest of the evening.\n<>[[2: Reach out to someone close to you.|reachOut]]<>2. Even though you have a tight knot of antisocial frustration in your stomach, seeing how much she cares takes the edge off of your bad day.\n\nYou approach her and hold her. Can't do any of this if you're too low. You feel selfish for trying to reach out to him while he's busy in the first place - he's always so busy and he's an important person to so many people. It becomes hard for you to try to stuff all of your horrible feelings down and go emotionless when someone like the dentist can see a fraction of what goes on inside your head. \n\n//"So how can I help? The two of you head to the bedroom, and although you enjoy the closeness, <>you're still distracted by your negative feelings earlier and she can pick up on it. You lay in bed for some time feeling disappointed in your own inability to be productive before finally passing out.\n\nYou awake in the morning from a sleep that was far from restful. This is all so sudden..."//She thinks really hard for a minute. "//\n\nThe annoyed tone in her voice makes you think otherwise, but you take it as a sign that you should probably drop it for now, and you feel badly for upsetting things.\n\n[[Next.|amanda]]\n\n<>
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<>\n\nAfter Alex walks away, you're not quite sure what to do with yourself. You encourage her to go and have a good time, since you know it's been a while since she's gone out with friends, but the effort feels futile since you know that she isn't going to go without you.\n\nA couple hours later the two of you find yourselves in a familiar position: on the couch, watching comedy shows on Netflix, a box of pizza open on the coffee table in front of you. She thinks for a brief second, as though she's evaluating if you had meant anything more by that. She tells you that she'd left her phone in class, and spent a boring night in her apartment too. As the second hour draws nearer, sure enough you find yourself getting anxious and jittery. //"I don't know how much has to do with it, or if it has to do with me, or..."//<>\n\n//"I just want to know where we stand. You still haven't explained your depression to her<>, or how you've started seeing a therapist<><>, or that you've been taking medication<>, and it's starting to feel more and more like a secret you're keeping instead of something she simply doesn't know about you yet. "// \n\nYou start to walk through the steps of imagining the two of you living together. I just want to figure this thing out, together. "// you tell her, tears welling up in the corners of your eyes. This was kind of a dumb idea anyway. It becomes clear that this didn't fix any of the relationship's problems, and it deteriorates far enough that she moves back out soon after moving in. \n\nYou close your eyes and rest your head against hers after taking her hand, feeling a bit more reassured and thankful for hearing it out loud. Anything else to take your mind off of how awful and lonely you feel right now.\n\nWhat do you do? \n\n[[Next.|copingMechanisms]]\n\n<>
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<>\n\nIt's such a small question, but it feels like a blow to the gut. It's an expression you're not unfamiliar with, it's one you've seen flash across her face many times during your time together. //"Look, if that were the case I would let you know. Everything inside you feels exhausted.\n\n[[Next.|bonerKiller]]\n\n<>
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<>\nIt's a Friday night, and you're laying across your bed feeling pathetic.\n\nAs you were leaving work tonight, a group of coworkers asked if you wanted to join them for drinks. We really want to thank you for taking the time to play //Depression Quest//. Looking at the person you were mere months ago is almost surreal; it feels like a completely different person living a completely different life. The work is dull and unrewarding, and most days you feel like just about anyone could do it.\n\nYou have a hard time relating to most of your coworkers, so you mostly keep to yourself and get the work done while you're there. Anything. Somehow, that would make what you're feeling seem that much real. While you keep flipping back to your work, you find the sheer mental effort involved in keeping your brain focused is overwhelming and tiring.\n\nA few Twitter arguments, YouTube videos, and sparse amounts of actual work later, your playlist flips back to Track One and the ice in your glass has all but melted, diluting the last dregs of the Coke you were nursing. \n\n//"I can't do that. It's one thing for you to detail how you feel sometimes, and for her to see it pop up occasionally. <>Ultimately, you were able to take her advice and step outside of your own head more and more. What if they put you on medication that makes you feel like a zombie? You grab your laptop to "surf" the internet while you "watch" TV, paying no real attention to either. "\n\nYou appreciate her affection, but you're too wrapped up in your own negative feedback loops to be in the mood right now.\n\nWhat do you do?\n\n<>[[1: Let go of your stress and be intimate with your girlfriend.|intimacy]]<>1: Let go of your stress and be intimate with your girlfriend.
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<>\n\nAs Alex leaves, you are not quite sure what to do with yourself. Break things off, for you.|cantdothisNow]]<>\n<>4: Tell her you're dealing with a lot right now and ask her to stay while you figure it out.<>[[4: Tell her you're dealing with a lot right now and ask her to stay while you figure it out.|pleasedontGo]]<>\n[[5: Tell her she's wrong about things. You wonder why you can't seem to get over these feelings.<>\n\nYou accept your defeat and the conversation drifts on to other subjects. It's ok, I get it..."// She moves to her bookshelf and blows out some candles you had failed to notice. Why can't you just be normal? What if you go and the therapist looks down on you? As the days go by, you find yourself interested in less and less. You both are feeling emotionally exhausted and the future of the relationship is uncertain.<>After several long conversations with Alex, things finally reached their breaking point. Your thoughts turn to how if you were to just vanish, you feel like no one would notice for days and when you did there wouldn't be too many negative consequences for anyone. \n\nYou look across at the table to your mother, weakly meeting her gaze before dropping your eyes to the floor. //"We're just getting used to each other. I guess I'll see you next week or something..."//\n\nYou apologize profusely and tell Alex that you love and miss her too, and promise to make plans for next weekend. Start taking meds and have a series of encounters following each other where you're dealing with all of the adjustment awkwardness. "// \n\n//"Don't tell mom, ok? On these days, it's very tempting for you to slip back into older, unhealthy habits, but much to your own surprise, you've so far managed to avoid a major backslide. You wonder if she's thinking about all of the fun things she could have been doing tonight if she wasn't trapped on this couch with you, ordering from one of the same three takeout places that you always order from. You were thinking of saving it for a party, but tonight you're feeling like you'd never be social enough to have one anyway.\n\nAttempting to uncork it with an attachment on a can opener, you managed to get cork into the wine itself. Even if you had managed to, you've largely lost interest in what you thought you wanted to do growing up. Yet at the same time the utter fear of having to talk to a complete stranger about these things is paralyzing. You close everything else on your computer outside of your work project in an effort to refocus your attempts to get the job done, but you still feel like you're hitting a brick wall. It never resolves, nothing new is ever said, and rarely do you feel reassured by it. You wish you could find the words so they would understand you, but you end up feeling like an outsider instead.\n\nInstead, you decided to remove yourself from the situation and calm down. You stand up and walk to the fridge, telling yourself //I'll just make a quick sandwich and get to work after that - can't be productive on an empty stomach, right?//. Get back to her immediately and tell her you'd be happy to see her.
\n<>[[2. You take possession of a small, terrified black and white kitten in a carrier, along with everything you need to start taking care of her. Depression Quest is an Interactive Fiction Adventure Game developed by Zoe Quinn. This online depression test consists of 30 questions and you have to answer each question honestly. The entire time your thoughts dart from personal failure to personal failure, and you feel like you're trying to get away from yourself. Have you just said no one too many times? Scrolling through the postings, you daydream about actually holding a position where you would get to do something more meaningful. The two of you end up getting takeout and going back to your place, and talk late into the night. As has become routine on Wednesdays, you are sitting on the couch in Dr. Melville's office. Make plans regardless of your embarrassment. "// Malcolm glances over at you. Should play fine. "//\n\nYou still feel anxious when you recall feeling exposed by her small question, even though it's one that always sets your teeth on edge. You worry that it's one of sheer boredom and bare tolerance. Depression Quest is a interactive fiction game by independent designer, Zoë Quinn. You think back to your life a mere few months ago, and compared to where you are now it seems like you've just lost so much. You keep him from doing something rash, and the two of you decide it's best for him to sleep on it before doing anything. I like this. Sometimes you think about going back to school, but you would be unsure how you would be able to support yourself and wonder if the degree would really help anyway.\n\n[[Back.|Next]], <>
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<>\n\nIt is a breezy Sunday afternoon.\n\nYou've allowed Amanda, an old friend from school that is in town for the weekend to talk you into leaving the house for coffee and catch up. It's going to take you a long time to get over her.\n\n[[Next.|familyChristmas]]\n\n<>
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