- Everyone is a lot stupider all of a sudden
- Nobody knows how to do things the right way
- Friends are too cloying, close, and getting in your business
- Friends are too distant, ignoring you when you need them
- Let's not even talk about politicians
Shouldn't come as any surprise that loss of patience can be a symptom of depression. Like most symptoms, however, this one doesn't seem abnormal when you're suffering from it. That guy really did complain about his cappuccino being "too light" when he obviously should have ordered a latte if he wanted a lot of steamed milk. The woman laughing at every joke your best friend tells is obviously flirting with him and he is being a complete idiot by paying attention to her. Obama just doesn't get it about [fill in the blank]. It's all quite reasonable as it's happening.
Patience is a virtue, and a hard-earned one at that. On days like these, no one seems to deserve it, but look out for warning signs that it's more about you than them:
- Rolling your eyes at a remark (even if you only think about rolling them)
- Interrupting someone because you already know what they're going to say and they shouldn't waste their breath
- Yelling at another driver in traffic
- Yelling at another driver when you're the passenger
- Noticing how rude or stupid that person was and really wanting to say something
If you've done anything like that or similar three times in the past hour, consider taking some time away from people. You're getting rubbed the wrong way and you're probably doing the same to them, and it's not fair to any of you. Smoke a cigarette if you're still addicted, meditate, go for a walk . . . just get away, break the pattern, and don't get sucked into choking the living crap out of that bastard who so desperately needs it.