How Ayelet Waldman Found A Calmer Life On Tiny Doses Of LSD
The polymath writer, known for defying expectation, turned a treatment for her unstable moods into her latest project.
Alan: Here's the email I sent to my bandmates after Waldman became dinner-time conversation at yesterday's band rehearsal.
I had a fine time at yesterday's rehearsal. Thanks!
Can't believe I'd overlooked Tom Petty's "Listen To Her Heart" until Mark suggested we play it. (After reviewing our rehearsal tape I listened to Petty's 2006 live version and, truth be told, I like our rendition better. Well done guys!)
Here's the LSD article I mentioned at dinner.
Although I recognize the dangers of psychedelic drugs, I've always thought they are a deep well that deserves much more attention than they get.
In Waldman's article I was most struck by this passage: 'The mood improvement that coincided with her microdosing changed her whole view of depression. "It was almost the first time in my life I had perspective on what my moods are. Now, when I slip back into the bad feelings, I know it could get better overnight. And also: There is better."'
The end-game-horror of psychological disease is that -- consistent with traditional conceptions of Hell --
it seems to the sufferer that mental illness is everlastingly inescapable. "Your number didn't come up and now you're f______ forever."
Waldman's experience revealed that "There is better."
You might also enjoy Diane Rehm's treatment of the topic:
I'm also including links to The Borowitz Report.