depression/anxiety

Posted by brit @brit, Jan 10, 2019

I have had depression for quite a few year now. I am in my 70's and found it harder to deal with. My psychiatrist has been working with me trying to find the best medication. So far no luck. He is very dedicated and does a great job trying to help. Right now I am takin 2 medications but they don't seem to do the
job either. They are Doxepin 25 mg and chlordiazepox. Help!

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@merpreb

Patti- It is very very draining. I hear you on this one for sure. I think that Americans in particular think that medications alone can solve problems. But our mind/bodies work in conjunction and if we have one thing wrong in one place I think that we need to use the other part to help like next door neighbors helping each other. I have found that exercise helps this immensely.

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My Husband tells me the same thing "stay active" but somehow I just can't be bothered. I must get my mind right and start
moving around more. Lord I pray you will consider help me to be stronger. Thank you becsbuddy, manno God Bless Patti

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@brit

Have you said anything to your doctor? He/She can help you with medication that help you sleep. I had many night I would just lay there and get myself more and more upset the longer I stayed awake. Another thing I was told to do by my sister in law (she's practices)
asian medicine. Has even gone to live in the mountains in China with the best of the best. She said breathe in real deep through your nose then slowly let it out your mouth saying to yourself "LET IT GO>>>>LET IT GO. I has works for me on many occasions.
I guess like most of us trying it isn't going to harm anything and maybe it will work. God Bless Patti

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@brit This breathing also works! Empty your mind of thoughts with each breath. It also helps to relax muscles as you breathe out. Works for me. Sounds like it works for you, too! My therapist said to also imagine a bright, colorful, glowing light entering your head. Any color you like (I like golden). It gives you a warm, comfortable feeling. With each relaxing breath, let the light further in until it hits your toes. Then just let it work. I had to do this in her office this week because I got one of my chest pain/anxiety attacks. They are awful! Using the image of the light helped me settle down. Guess I was worried about my rituxan infusion the next day. 🙁 Please try this and let me know how it works—I hate to see anyone in pain!

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@becsbuddy

@brit This breathing also works! Empty your mind of thoughts with each breath. It also helps to relax muscles as you breathe out. Works for me. Sounds like it works for you, too! My therapist said to also imagine a bright, colorful, glowing light entering your head. Any color you like (I like golden). It gives you a warm, comfortable feeling. With each relaxing breath, let the light further in until it hits your toes. Then just let it work. I had to do this in her office this week because I got one of my chest pain/anxiety attacks. They are awful! Using the image of the light helped me settle down. Guess I was worried about my rituxan infusion the next day. 🙁 Please try this and let me know how it works—I hate to see anyone in pain!

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@brit and @becsbuddy I found a free app that is helpful for deep breathing. My mind tends to go in so many different directions it helps me focus. This is a simple technique that can help. It helps me. There are times I don’t want to even try doing it. We need to try and use our skills rather than getting into these uncomfortable places. These words are mostly for the one sharing. Deep breathers unite!!

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@parus

@brit and @becsbuddy I found a free app that is helpful for deep breathing. My mind tends to go in so many different directions it helps me focus. This is a simple technique that can help. It helps me. There are times I don’t want to even try doing it. We need to try and use our skills rather than getting into these uncomfortable places. These words are mostly for the one sharing. Deep breathers unite!!

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parus- Can you please show us the app?

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Hi All:

Here is another mindful breathing video created by a doctor at Mayo. The second one in the series is my favorite in that involves movement of the arms as well as breathing. Take a look and let me know what you think.
https://www.mayo.edu/research/labs/mindful-breathing/videos

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@becsbuddy

@brit This breathing also works! Empty your mind of thoughts with each breath. It also helps to relax muscles as you breathe out. Works for me. Sounds like it works for you, too! My therapist said to also imagine a bright, colorful, glowing light entering your head. Any color you like (I like golden). It gives you a warm, comfortable feeling. With each relaxing breath, let the light further in until it hits your toes. Then just let it work. I had to do this in her office this week because I got one of my chest pain/anxiety attacks. They are awful! Using the image of the light helped me settle down. Guess I was worried about my rituxan infusion the next day. 🙁 Please try this and let me know how it works—I hate to see anyone in pain!

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That sounds great and I will certainly try it Patti

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@merpreb

parus- Can you please show us the app?

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@merpreb Since you asked…
oakmeditation.com

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@happythinkingma

Thank you! Were u clinically depressed when you tried this routine? Have u ever tried sleeping meds?

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I used Ambien for a very short time years ago. I stopped taking it because I would wake up and was falling down ,so I guess I was sleep walking.

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@petangelkat1

I used Ambien for a very short time years ago. I stopped taking it because I would wake up and was falling down ,so I guess I was sleep walking.

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Alston there are so many antidepressants that
Help we th depression and sleep.

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I have to report that the mouthpiece I started using about a week ago seems to making a difference with my sleep apnea. I am dreaming again, and I do wake up with less anxiety and irritability. I’m almost afraid to say that it’s helpubg with my depression because my meds will help one day for an hour or two then stop working. It is so frustrating because you think you have the right meds and then realize that something is not working like it should.
Anyone have bipolar as a diagnosis? Just wonder if anyone else LOVES TO GO SHOPPING. This typical behavior has put me in a financial bind.

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Really? I thought most of the new ones have insomnia as a side effect. I'd love an antidepressant that also treats insomnia. That would be wonderful!

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@kpmirabito

Is there ever a right medication or combination of medications? I’ve been trying different meds for years; at first I feel like I’m better but then I’m right back where I started. I’m going thru a difficult period of totally not caring about anything & of laziness. Which comes first ~ the depression or laziness? I sleep 10 hours a night & 2 hours a day; I just can’t break out of the cycle.

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I don’t think you are lazy at all. One of the symptoms of depression is not sleeping enough or sleeping too much. I think what you are calling laziness is tiredness and lack of energy as a result if the depression. I totally can relate. They are days when I could stay in bed all day. Try to be patient with yourself. It is a very difficult illness to deal with. I’ve found that lying in bed from fatigue that depression can cause is much easier than the irritability resulting from a mixed state that I experience. The irritability is more painful in my
opinion.

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