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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@sears

It was the anesthesia propofol that killed Michael Jackson.

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@sears
That’s what happens when an irresponsible person abuses drugs. Propofol wasn’t the only drug he took, what about all the other sedatives that he took prior to the propofol. What other outcome would you expect. Although these medications were prescribed by a doctor, irresponsible as he may have been,Michael Jackson decided to take these medications and therefore must except some responsibility.
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@sears
That’s what happens when an irresponsible person abuses drugs. Propofol wasn’t the only drug he took, what about all the other sedatives that he took prior to the propofol. What other outcome would you expect. Although these medications were prescribed by a doctor, irresponsible as he may have been,Michael Jackson decided to take these medications and therefore must except some responsibility.
Jake

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@jakedduck1 So agree people that use these drugs without Dr instructions will die

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I have fought depression all my life. I believe it started when my sister who was 18 months older than I was hit by a car when she just turned three. I was a year and a half when it happened. My mother always favored her. She was petite, had beautiful curls. I was fat, had straight hair. People used to say about my sister: "isn't she cute, so adorable, beautiful curly hair, then look at me and say "oh what happened to her? It thought I must be really ugly. Then my mother and father fought all the time. He drank and then would get violent with her. I had a sister who was 8 1/2 when I was born and two brothers, 14 and 18. When we were older, my sister told me, she never saw my mother hold me or pick me up in my whole life. We had a beautiful 19 year-old-girl staying at our house for a while and she held me, loved me. I was totally in love with her. I called her mommie Rose. I loved her but one day she left and I didn't know she was never coming back. I think maybe my grandma or someone said, you should tell her that she is never coming back because I was sitting by the door waiting for her to come home. She was MY mommie. My sister had our mom, so I had one–for a while. I was so depressed, I have always had all kinds of health issues. I was always full of snot and couldn't breathe. I am an old grandma now and still have problems with my sinus and breathing. I know what it is to be depressed. I have lost dogs, people, husbands to other women. Maybe I will write that book. Seven surgeons told me I need back surgery, now I need nose surgery, and I need esophagus surgery. I don't want any of it. At my age, I am hibernating (that is so depressing) because of the virus. To all of you who are depressed. I recommend watching really good inspirational movies, watch comedies, watch Christian movies. I watched on Netflix I think it's called Frankie and Grace. I watched Michael Douglas and I don't remember the old man but it is so hilarious in parts, I actually laughed out loud. by myself and the dogs. I think it's the Kowinsky Method. You can look it up on your smart phone. I got my phone from TV. It cost $100. and all the minutes and texts are in it for a year. I think it's great. I don't know how to do all the things it can do but I love asking Google questions. BTW, I have seen my baby pictures and I was quite adorable.

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@lilypaws

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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Lily, I just wrote practically a book on here. I want you to read it. I am so very sorry you had to give up your dog of 14 years. I know you think she thinks you deserted her but I am sure she knows you love her dearly and can't take care of her at this time. Dogs are extremely intelligent and I am sure she is. God bless you and heal you. He is our healer, our comforter. He will never leave you nor forsake you. My big sister and I went to church for several years together and she had great faith. Both of my sisters had great faith in God. Now they are with him. I miss them terribly. I miss so many people. Cherish the ones you have. Start a journal and write your blessings in it. If you want to vent, write that in a different section of the journal. That is important to get out, too.

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@woogie

I have fought depression all my life. I believe it started when my sister who was 18 months older than I was hit by a car when she just turned three. I was a year and a half when it happened. My mother always favored her. She was petite, had beautiful curls. I was fat, had straight hair. People used to say about my sister: "isn't she cute, so adorable, beautiful curly hair, then look at me and say "oh what happened to her? It thought I must be really ugly. Then my mother and father fought all the time. He drank and then would get violent with her. I had a sister who was 8 1/2 when I was born and two brothers, 14 and 18. When we were older, my sister told me, she never saw my mother hold me or pick me up in my whole life. We had a beautiful 19 year-old-girl staying at our house for a while and she held me, loved me. I was totally in love with her. I called her mommie Rose. I loved her but one day she left and I didn't know she was never coming back. I think maybe my grandma or someone said, you should tell her that she is never coming back because I was sitting by the door waiting for her to come home. She was MY mommie. My sister had our mom, so I had one–for a while. I was so depressed, I have always had all kinds of health issues. I was always full of snot and couldn't breathe. I am an old grandma now and still have problems with my sinus and breathing. I know what it is to be depressed. I have lost dogs, people, husbands to other women. Maybe I will write that book. Seven surgeons told me I need back surgery, now I need nose surgery, and I need esophagus surgery. I don't want any of it. At my age, I am hibernating (that is so depressing) because of the virus. To all of you who are depressed. I recommend watching really good inspirational movies, watch comedies, watch Christian movies. I watched on Netflix I think it's called Frankie and Grace. I watched Michael Douglas and I don't remember the old man but it is so hilarious in parts, I actually laughed out loud. by myself and the dogs. I think it's the Kowinsky Method. You can look it up on your smart phone. I got my phone from TV. It cost $100. and all the minutes and texts are in it for a year. I think it's great. I don't know how to do all the things it can do but I love asking Google questions. BTW, I have seen my baby pictures and I was quite adorable.

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@woogie Thank you for writing that to me. What a life growing up. How could a mother do that to you! No wonder you have depression. Have you tried a counselor, one really helped me after my mom did suicide. After that the one if loved so much, he ran a lot, but decided I was the one to be his wife. He was killed in a car accident 11 days after we were married. I was only 18, also a close friend was killed with him. I am married again for 49 years. I'm probably lucky, because my first husband drank a lot and that is probably what caused the accident. I hated God then and drank a lot, but I'm back with God, he is my strength through depression.
Are you on any meds? I'm on Lexapro 20 mg, Lamictal 200mg, and Klonopin, which I usually take at bedtime only.
You have had a tough life and I hope you have had some help getting you through these all full youth. Let me know how you do. Blessings, Jeanie

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Hi @caf, wondering how you are doing on your Effexor? Still having side effects?

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@caf

Hello ginger, thank you for your message. I am once again perplexed at the power of my debilitating dark major depressions so i am not sure what i will do in the future. I have had depressions on and off since the age of ten so i am wondering if it is just my brain chemistry that has for years been compromised.. i didnt start taking meds till i was about 42.. so nice to hear from you! Carrie

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@caf
Hello,
I’m afraid you’re going to have to continue to wonder about your brain chemistry since there are no definitive tests to measure it although there is a researcher who claims to be getting close, of course I think we all know what close in the research world means. During the development of anti-depressant drugs by the pharmaceutical companies they mentioned depression was caused by a serotonin
inbalance without proof and it has stuck ever since however no one knows what causes depression or any mental illness. If your doctor suggests you have a chemical brain inbalance ask him to prove it. If he says blood or urine test they are unreliable. if you’re just be getting Effexor Side effects off and go away within weeks to a few months. I hope they soon find the cause and the best treatment.
Wishing you well with your treatment,
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@sears
That’s what happens when an irresponsible person abuses drugs. Propofol wasn’t the only drug he took, what about all the other sedatives that he took prior to the propofol. What other outcome would you expect. Although these medications were prescribed by a doctor, irresponsible as he may have been,Michael Jackson decided to take these medications and therefore must except some responsibility.
Jake

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I only stated that Michael Jackson’s cause of death was irresponsible use of Propofol. No argument here.

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Remember in being positive, that God's Word says in 1Thessalonians 5:18 – "in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." I continually try to remember to be thankful mentally and to keep a journal of thanks to God for everything. It graduallly re-programs my mind and spirit!  

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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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I know my father and mother are the beginning of my depression. I first was never held as a baby (my older sister told me). I was told by my grandmother that I wasn't wanted. Then I went home (across the street) and asked my mother if I wasn't wanted–she said "no, you weren't wanted". My heart sank and I asked her why did you have me if you didn't want me? A small child is brokenhearted. She said you won't understand–maybe when you are older, you will understand. Yes, I do now. My mother was married to an abusive, alcoholic, who was a woman chaser. We never knew what kind of mood my father would be in when he walked in the door. I cannot tell you how he was with me. I just may have to write the book I have always talked about. I mean he hit me in the head until I saw stars. Then I married two men who were replicas of him. Charismatic, abusive, the list goes on.

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