Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety.

Posted by BoneHead @stsopoci, Mon, May 27 3:14pm

In my journey with the millions of humans who are brave enough to go down the path of recovery without alcohol, bad drug and more drugs, I have gradually more and more discovered how important it is to crawl out of my deep hole, bad attitude, self-importance, feeling sorry for myself, angry, sad, etc, etc, condition and more toward the LIGHT!!! That means changing and moving for me away from some friends that are very negative about everything. That means walking around the block when I get upset so I can calm down and see the light. That means taking care of myself, exercising, eating right and meeting new friends and keeping old friends that are well-balanced. Positivity in life is available to everyone and it’s FREE. I have gone on a path throughout my early days of self-medicating with lots of alcohol, drug, etc. I cleaned myself up in 1996, OCT 13th but I still did not feel right until I could ask for help from a professional. Found out I was GAD (inherited from my MOM) and a few other close seconds. I went on medication for years on various meds until I found the chemical that keeps me pretty normal. BUT, BUT…something else was missing because I still suffered through the negativity of every situation that I could create in a moments time.

I love these groups because you are honest with yourself which is very important.
Finding good friends that understand you and the importance of staying positive with your journey through life.
Taking good care of yourself.
We all are unique so what works for me does not always work for you. I’m on 20mg of Lexipro.
What do other people do to stay positive?

@stsopoci Thanks for stopping by this forum, and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Just like you have said, finding what works for each person is key, as we are all so different. It helps to hear the different options. I tend to stress about the small things. While not "awful-izing", I do investigate with a magnifying glass, as surprises are not my cup of tea. Having had general depression several times in my life, being able to distract myself helps. Either reading, or creative crafting, or getting some physical exercise. Getting out of my own head by volunteer work, thinking about others, is good. Journaling my thoughts can be very therapeutic, also. Best of luck on your journey, and come back to visit, let us know how you are doing!
Ginger

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Thanks for the thoughts, I’m interested in how others feel the warmth of positivity in different ways. I know my brother moved 280 miles up north to escape from everything. It didn’t work for him. I find myself feeling really good when I accomplish a task that is somewhat challenging or brand new. I also have gotten into birding both watching, identification and photography. It’s an easy way into nature appreciation here in Minnesota because we have a main migration path for the birds up and down the Mississippi. Take care.

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@stsopoci

You have posted some extraordinary thoughts! Focusing on the positive is so important. As you did, I also grew up in a very negative environment that made it difficult to be a positive adult, but it is possible, it just takes some mind training and reaching out to others.

Were there any particular books, practices or ideas that helped you accomplish this change of mind from negative to positive? Also, had you tried any other meds, other than the Lexapro?

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Inherited issues are the gift that keeps on giving. My late mother had depression issues which now are mine. She couldn’t help it, nor can I. The upside is that I can take some control with medication, and am able to function normally on a day to day basis. I have dysthymia, so it never goes away, and an occasional major episode. The downside is you never get “well”, just dampened symptoms of depression. My regret is a seemingly never-ending pharmacological experience. Grateful for what I can do.

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@hopeful33250

@stsopoci

You have posted some extraordinary thoughts! Focusing on the positive is so important. As you did, I also grew up in a very negative environment that made it difficult to be a positive adult, but it is possible, it just takes some mind training and reaching out to others.

Were there any particular books, practices or ideas that helped you accomplish this change of mind from negative to positive? Also, had you tried any other meds, other than the Lexapro?

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Yoga, lots of friendly groups for guys my age, bird watching, nature trips, staying active physically, mentally and spiritually. I fall asleep reading books so I listen to books. Mystery’s keep me trying to solve who did it and I love puzzles. My Mom and Dad were WWII vets and I’m so proud of them and blessed to be their child.

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Yes for me is excerise, praying and having that one friend you can always go to

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Hi, @stsopoci – it sounds as as though you have learned a lot in your life through dealing with the addictions to drugs and alcohol, getting professional help and also self-reflection. Seems like you've also learned that self-care, the company you keep and attitude — positivity — makes a big difference.

I'd also like to bring some other members into this discussion who may have some further input on these subjects, like @grandmar @notaround @sandij @thankful @parus @johnhans.

You may have noted this discussion you've started also now has a relationship to the new Connect Addictions & Recovery group, so that members there can also contribute to this conversation. I also wanted to encourage you to post some of your story in this discussion in that group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/addiction-recovery-meet-others-come-say-hi.

Also wondering which of the activities you talked about being helpful to you -— yoga; bird watching, identification and photography; and more — have helped you the most?

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There is a new medication I want to try. I have been on MANY anti depressants over a 30 year span. The medication I have been looking into is Spravoto, a nasal spray derived from ketamine. It’s brand new, but studies have nothing but positive for those of us who have suffered way too long!

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@nanners012910

There is a new medication I want to try. I have been on MANY anti depressants over a 30 year span. The medication I have been looking into is Spravoto, a nasal spray derived from ketamine. It’s brand new, but studies have nothing but positive for those of us who have suffered way too long!

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@nanners012910 Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Anytime there is a new medication on the market there is a period of adjustment while people put it into practical use. What I have found over the years is that what works for one person may not work for the other person. If you're comfortable please tell us a little bit more about yourself and the types of medications that you have used, and other ways you have battled your depression? Here at Mayo Clinic Connect we're always interested to hear what has worked for different individuals. This way we are able to expand our knowledge base and also consider alternative things in our own personal lives. None of us are medical professionals; we are all patients.
Ginger

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@nanners012910

There is a new medication I want to try. I have been on MANY anti depressants over a 30 year span. The medication I have been looking into is Spravoto, a nasal spray derived from ketamine. It’s brand new, but studies have nothing but positive for those of us who have suffered way too long!

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For me, relying on my own feelings on taking meds that worked or don’t work well enough was the wrong choice. I eventually found a GP that knows me very well and knows what med is working and which one is not. I hoping the best for you.

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@gingerw

@nanners012910 Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Anytime there is a new medication on the market there is a period of adjustment while people put it into practical use. What I have found over the years is that what works for one person may not work for the other person. If you're comfortable please tell us a little bit more about yourself and the types of medications that you have used, and other ways you have battled your depression? Here at Mayo Clinic Connect we're always interested to hear what has worked for different individuals. This way we are able to expand our knowledge base and also consider alternative things in our own personal lives. None of us are medical professionals; we are all patients.
Ginger

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I have been on Prozac , Effexor, Wellbutrin, lithium, Abilify . I am not bi-polar just diagnosed with sever depression. Both of my parents and their parents dealt with it. I’m not saying spravoto nasal spray is very controlled. I Have visited New Hope Specialty Care Charlotte, NC which is that type of controlled clinic. After treatment you are observed for 2 hours. Google Ketomine for depression 60 minutes . Everyone so far has had nothing but good results. People planning suicide have been AMAZED at the results. Now we must push the insurance companies. United Health Care supports this newe drug.

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@nanners012910

There is a new medication I want to try. I have been on MANY anti depressants over a 30 year span. The medication I have been looking into is Spravoto, a nasal spray derived from ketamine. It’s brand new, but studies have nothing but positive for those of us who have suffered way too long!

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@nanners012910– Good morning and I'm glad that you found our site. I understand your frustration in finding the right drugs for your depression. I have PTSD and have also gone through many trials before I found the right one. I am one Zoloft and Brupropion and CBD oil. I also exercise and I have to tell you that was a game changer for me when I started back exercising. I know that when you are really down, down ,down it's the last thing you want to do but it's also the best thing to do. Can you grab a friend who will be tough, but gentle with you to help with this process?

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/caution-urged-over-use-fast-acting-version-ketamine-depression-n1016176
When I see Miracle Drug every red flag in my vicinity goes to full alert. There are no miracle medicines, they either work or they don't. There is no divine power that selects which one is right for you and which aren't based on your experiences with it.
All are addictive and will take a lot of slow work to get off them. You probably have experienced this. I know that if I decide not to take mine anymore my depression will return so I have no plans on ever stopping.
But some antidepressants are more dangerous than others and I would classify Ketamine as one to be very very careful of. It's the same type of drug that Michael Jackson died from.
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/caution-urged-over-use-fast-acting-version-ketamine-depression-n1016176

Have you been exercising, being careful to eat as cleanly as possible and sleeping well?

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@nanners012910

I have been on Prozac , Effexor, Wellbutrin, lithium, Abilify . I am not bi-polar just diagnosed with sever depression. Both of my parents and their parents dealt with it. I’m not saying spravoto nasal spray is very controlled. I Have visited New Hope Specialty Care Charlotte, NC which is that type of controlled clinic. After treatment you are observed for 2 hours. Google Ketomine for depression 60 minutes . Everyone so far has had nothing but good results. People planning suicide have been AMAZED at the results. Now we must push the insurance companies. United Health Care supports this newe drug.

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Hi, @nanners0129 – I wanted to add my welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect and also let you know about some Connect discussions on ketamine or derivatives you might be interested in:

– Ketamine treatments https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ketamine

– Esketamine (Spravato) https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/esketamine/

Do you also use any practices related to focusing on the positive, like @stsopoci mentioned?

@stsopoci – what med or meds did your doctor determine was working for your depression and anxiety?

@savana1 – how are things going? Is the exercise continuing to help with staying positive? What exercise are you participating in?

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@lisalucier

Hi, @nanners0129 – I wanted to add my welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect and also let you know about some Connect discussions on ketamine or derivatives you might be interested in:

– Ketamine treatments https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/ketamine

– Esketamine (Spravato) https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/esketamine/

Do you also use any practices related to focusing on the positive, like @stsopoci mentioned?

@stsopoci – what med or meds did your doctor determine was working for your depression and anxiety?

@savana1 – how are things going? Is the exercise continuing to help with staying positive? What exercise are you participating in?

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Lexapro 20mg works for me. I’m able to maintain a positive thought process and keep constructive thoughts moving forward. The issue with my GAD is mostly my Dad who was told to me by 3 professional psychologists to be a narcissist. He would tell me to look at him and then he would slap my face. I do not wish to live in the past because it doesn’t help me so I go to 1. Gym to exercise 4 times a week. 2. Men’s meeting at church every Wednesday spiritual studies. 3. Men’s meeting every Saturday discussions on health, etc, sports. 4. Bike club riding every week. 5. Mayo discussion group to validate positive life.

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@stsopoci

Lexapro 20mg works for me. I’m able to maintain a positive thought process and keep constructive thoughts moving forward. The issue with my GAD is mostly my Dad who was told to me by 3 professional psychologists to be a narcissist. He would tell me to look at him and then he would slap my face. I do not wish to live in the past because it doesn’t help me so I go to 1. Gym to exercise 4 times a week. 2. Men’s meeting at church every Wednesday spiritual studies. 3. Men’s meeting every Saturday discussions on health, etc, sports. 4. Bike club riding every week. 5. Mayo discussion group to validate positive life.

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@stsopoci

You have definitely structured your life to achieve healthier thoughts. Congratulations! I'm glad to see that Mayo Connect is on your "to-do" list. It is good to have you as part of our community.

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