Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety.

Posted by BoneHead @stsopoci, May 27, 2019

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?

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@caf

I will indeed ask for the dna test..I haven’t heard of citalopram..will ask.. and will read more about Effexor.. thank you for your help!

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Try to avoid Effexor if you can. See what members of Connect have to say about this drug. Paxil also.

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On low dose and it’s works for me Paxil and others did not

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@caf

No, I've never taken Effexor, I've only ever had Citalopram. I've had no problems with Citalopram after I titrated onto it. I'm so much happier and freer on it. Panic attacks and depression are gone.

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@helenfrances

AND…..It did benefited GailBL.
Each of our bodies is unique!

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@helenfrances

I've not taken Escitalopram, which is different from Citalopram. I have no problems with it since I titrated onto it 8 years ago. I'm sorry you had problems and glad that you followed your doctor's recommendations. What are you taking now? Is it working for you?

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@gailb

@helenfrances

I've not taken Escitalopram, which is different from Citalopram. I have no problems with it since I titrated onto it 8 years ago. I'm sorry you had problems and glad that you followed your doctor's recommendations. What are you taking now? Is it working for you?

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Hello Gail,
We had a ‘phone appointment’.
He thought I was doing well…. focusing on the positive… all that I was grateful for… difficult to do sometimes… so easy to dwell on the negative!
No new med yet.
I have an appointment this month when he returns from vacation.
In the meantime I am reading a book recommended by a friend: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple. (10 Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, and Worry)

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@caf

Such a hopeful bright light! I am 59 and have been battling with depression & anxiety for years ( alcoholism and depression in my family) and just tapered off of Effexor thinking I had arrived to a place where I could handle my life .. then covid, a business with daily adjustments & changes and wound up in another major depression. I’m back on Effexor and pray to god the negativity and anxiety will wane..thank you for your encouraging words

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I’ve decided that I’m staying the course with lexapro because it doesn’t get any better by trying something else, which I’ve done 3 times now, so I’m right where I should be.

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It’s your responsibility to seek out how to take care of yourself in anyway possible. Being depressed constantly is Hell on earth. Each of us is unique by experiences, chemically, physically, spiritually so when we are suffering from anxiety we have to seek professional help to Balance out our body. I bet 90% of us knew even when we were small that we were different than our siblings, classmates, etc. We were told to “just get over it”. That did not help! An important meaning of life on this Earth is, Be Happy! Stay on the journey towards being Happy.

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@stsopoci

It’s your responsibility to seek out how to take care of yourself in anyway possible. Being depressed constantly is Hell on earth. Each of us is unique by experiences, chemically, physically, spiritually so when we are suffering from anxiety we have to seek professional help to Balance out our body. I bet 90% of us knew even when we were small that we were different than our siblings, classmates, etc. We were told to “just get over it”. That did not help! An important meaning of life on this Earth is, Be Happy! Stay on the journey towards being Happy.

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You're right! I've always knew I was different from the rest of my family to the point I questioned if I was adopted.

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In reply to @stsopoci Yea, I am on Lexapro too. I have been on everyone and Lexapro helps me the most. Some on my family have inherited my moms illness and it probably went before her. She took her life at age 69. Manic Depressive/Bipolar 1, which my son has inherited. I could go on and on about all my family who fights this disease. But I loved what you said. It brought my spirits up.
I am recovering from a 9 hour back fusion from T-10 to my pelvis. It was a big surgery and I wasn't at all depressed before, maybe a little anxious. But depression has set in now, but I'm going to fight it. Had to give up my dag, but she's at a good place, where we always boarded her and they wanted her and told me how much they loved her. I can't take care of her because I can't bend, twist, or lift anything to heavy. She is a healthy 14 year old papillion, I don't know how she feel around all those dogs. I need to stop crying because I miss her so much, but think she's in a wonderful place that sends me pictures. It is how we think and you have helped me. I wear a brace, but since I'm off all my medicines so I can drive. Yea! Still have lots of healing to do, because my bones are soft and do a daily injection to get my bone density up. Have to do that for 2 years and then on something else. Be happy, some days are easier than others, but the important thing is I'm trying.

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@merpreb

@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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It was the anesthesia propofol that killed Michael Jackson.

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