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A Single Little Pill

FYI: I’m All Right

By Stephanie HoogstadPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
A Single Little Pill
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A single little pill, it couldn’t

Be the answer to my prayers

Couldn’t contain all that I need to

Defeat the demons in my head

Evict them from my heart

Fight off the whispers and anxieties they

Give me on a daily, a minute-by-minute basis

Help me pull myself out of the doldrums


I cannot see how it can help me,

Just a single little pill, it couldn’t

Kick me out of bed or convince me to see the

Light as any brighter than the darkest cave


Maybe I should take one more, and another—

No! Never down that road I will go,

Only to regret it far too late


Pills, they are not for me

Quit them while I am ahead

Really, are they doing anything for me?


Still, I am not sure

Too afraid to go back now

Undo what progress might have been done

Very possible that it is doing something

Why take the risk after all this time

X out any progress that might have been made

You think I’m insane now but wait until I lose my

Zest for life


Author’s Note: I’m all right. I just wonder sometimes if my antidepressants are working as well as they should, and this was my way of working that out in a stream-of-consciousness kind of way.

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About the Creator

Stephanie Hoogstad

With a BA in English and MSc in Creative Writing, writing is my life. I have edited and ghost written for years with some published stories and poems of my own.

Learn more about me: thewritersscrapbin.com

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  • Bamimeke Mosesabout a month ago


  • So relieved to know that you're okay! I'm now on Pristiq and Seroquel, and I often wonder the same things as you. Sending you lots of love and hugs ❤️

  • You too. I'm on Bupropion & Trintellix. Nothing else seemed to help much at all. I'm not sure how much good these are doing either. Blessings.

  • Shirley Belk3 months ago

    When I used to be on antidepressants/antianxiety meds, I thought these things, too. After having a Covid related blood clot, I had to get off them. I had a bad time at first, withdrawing. Now I'm doing fine. I think when I was younger and with more stressors I needed help...plus I was married...lol But I did say stressor.

  • L.C. Schäfer3 months ago

    Very glad for your reassuring subheading 😁

  • Celia in Underland3 months ago

    I always wondered similar and then I stopped taking them, and found out what they did do x Maybe doc could help with the dosage? Anyway, an elequent way to express your thoughts and very clevely done x You take care 🤍 I'm using banging about FB if you ever feel like a chat 🤍

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