The Couple Who Medicates Together
Could a pill be the key to marital bliss?
Being able to calmly download their days together over a glass of wine—as opposed to driving straight into each other's buzz saws of angst and fear—is a boon of parallel medicating cited by East Coast couple Will and Susan Gore*. They both spent years (on and off, together and apart) in therapy, but it wasn't until one of their children was diagnosed with a developmental disability that they heeded their respective therapists' suggestions to try antidepressants. The biggest change for Susan—"a very intense person with a depressive side," by her own account—is that she's stopped taking everything personally. "Instead of ruminating, I can catch my breath and say, 'That didn't work out,' and move on,” she says. “If I were Madonna and could get to the gym every day, I might be able to create this kind of consistency another way. But I don't think we're actually made to go through what we have to in contemporary society—the high-activity, pressure-filled lifestyle. I'm okay with getting it this way."
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