Ollie wrote: TCampbell wrote:
Ollie wrote:pre-college, what situations had Lisa gone through that made her really depressed?
She's never been through anything like this.
so this would be the worst? Has she ever had any phase of serious downer-ness?
I'm not quite sure how to answer the second question. (The first is a simple "yes.")
Lisa has certainly experienced the full range of human emotions up to this point. She's been both coldly angry with Aggie, and briefly agitated to the point of sniffling, both during crises in their friendship. And of course, when she was a younger child, she had moments, like anyone else, where she thought everything was ruined forever.
Lisa's usual gift, though, is the ability to bounce back from negative experiences very quickly and/or to distract herself with a complete change of scene or subject. I realize this has made her annoying and/or unrelatable to some of you, but I think that sort of emotional self-regulation is a nice trick if you can manage it, and worth applauding.
It only works, though, if you can continue to view your complete life situation as a net positive, and in the last 18 hours, Lisa's been surrounded on all sides by serious challenges to her self-worth. She can't make it work with Stan long-distance, or so it appears. She can't not care
that her relationship with Stan, such as it is, is either dying or dead. She can't be accepted by a social group that welcomes Sara, and which Sara values. She can't keep a secret crush secret, apparently. She can't write a work of fiction that doesn't blow up in her face. She can't even have a decent night of casual sex, or comfort her partner when said partner freaks out all over her. She can't, she can't, she can't. Jumping topics doesn't work if almost ALL the available topics make you feel like shit, and Linguistics 101 just isn't enough to turn her frown upside down today.