Managing Lifelong Mental Health as a Senior

Posted by georgette12 @georgette12, Jan 13, 2017

I have just started using this site so this is my first message.

@hopeful33250

@johnhans I am sorry to hear of the difficulty you are having with depression and the isolating effects of health problems. Transportation is a serous problems for seniors. Is there any senior transportation in your vicinity? What about NAMI support groups? If these are not possible, you might try some “book-therapy.” Do some reading by authors who specialize in depression. David Burns comes to mind as one author who writes about changing your thoughts so that your mood will change. Let’s hear what some others are reading, Can you suggest some authors or books about dealing with depression, @georgette12 @jimhd @johnjames @rspaulling @safetyshield?

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Hi all: @johnjames gave us four different books that have been helpful to him in understanding depression. I was wondering if there are other books out there that have helped any of you, @jimhd @johnhans @lesbatts @gailb @georgette12 @rspaulling, please share with us titles and authors and let us know what was helpful to you. You are all so thoughtful and encouraging, I feel blessed to have met you through this remarkable online forum! Teresa

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@hopeful33250

@jimhd How wonderful that you fill your life with a variety of activities. That is so important! Depression is the one thing that will not get better with bed rest. Your life style shows great wisdom, Jim. Thanks for allowing us to get to know you better, you are an asset to our group here at Mayo Connect. Teresa
(PS I like what you said, “depression doesn’t seem to live by any rules.” So true!)

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Thank you for the information. I click the Report, but i don’t think I said urgent. I hope your post stays on this site so we can continue to have access to it. I may have over reacted, but i thought that was better than doing nothing in case there was really a problem. Gail

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@overwhelmed

Hi @georgette12 and All, I just noticed on one of your posts that you are having an issue with MCC and drafts. As @colleenyoung responded, I do not think that the ability to save drafts is available at this time. Frankly I am not sure whether they will ever offer it for several reasons including the amount extra space they would need and the cleanup that would need to be done on a regular basis to trash the orphaned drafts.
May I suggest that you use notebook, word or some other text app. that you can save your drafts to while you “multi-task”. Once you are done with, & happy with your message you can post it via cut & paste. Viola. Not great, but an alternative.
BTW, I too learned by way of the disappearing draft!!! ha ha

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Hi everyone, I just started reading this because I got an email. I think anyone that has severe and prolonged trauma in childhood should consider whether they have dissociative disorder. It’s a trauma related disorder from childhood trauma. Your mind splits in childhood to deal with trauma. It allowed you to function even though people were hurting you. Not allowed to talk about it. Be normal. Get good grades. Keep secrets. Pretend everything is OK when it is not. I deal with my dissociative disorder by reading my Bible every day, hiking in the woods, and seeing a psychologist weekly that understands dissociative disorder. I do go to church but I don’t expect people to understand. I go to church for worship and a pastoral message. They aren’t able to deal with mental health because they’re not professionals. Forgive them. Live. Linda

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@gailb

Have we heard anything about Georgette12 yet?

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I’m wondering the same. Has georgette 12 responded?

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Colleen Young said she’d let us know as soon as she learned anything.

Jim

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@gailb

Have we heard anything about Georgette12 yet?

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We haven’t heard anything yet from @georgette12. We took measures to reach out to her in several ways. Thank you for your ongoing concern. I will let you know as soon as I hear from her.

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Wow. I hope she’s ok. Thanks Colleen.

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@gailb

Have we heard anything about Georgette12 yet?

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Yes, she definitely seemed like she was thinking about doing it. It was like she was reaching out for a last chance.

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@colleenyoung

@hopeful33250 @jimhd @gailb @johnjames @lesbatts Thank you for reaching out to Georgette. I’m on this and will report back as soon as I can.

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Another book that’s helped me- I wanted to share, !. “Day After Day The Price You Pay” – ” Managing Your Second- Hand Shock” which deals allot with depression. BY: Dr Ellie Izzo. 2008. 2 ” Surviving Depression ” BY: Kathryn J. Hermes, FSP 2004 JJAMES

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Hello,Kmhd and rspalding….. I too have peripheral neuropothy,for many years now.. I am told it is thought to be because of spine problems. With so many of us with this, it does seem that there has to be something that can bring us relief. I never know from one day to the next how my feet and hands are going to be at night. That seems to be the worst time. Although, If I forget to take a dose of meds, during the day it can be miserable. There are times I cannot feel my feet on the floor. I have a rolling walker for my spine problems and it helps when I cannot feel my feet. Sometimes, just driving to the store, I am not sure I will be able to walk. SURLEY there is something that can help. I take 800mg of Gabapentin 4 times a day, sometimes 5 times. I have been trying so hard to get the amount between doses longer, and less in mg. I also take Tramadol, I cannot lie down in my bed, and I have to sleep in my recliner. God I wish I could lay down. My feet usually wake me up with feet burning and stabbing bee sting like pains in my leg. I do crafts, paint, jewelry making, play the keyboard. And I have learned that staying busy is crucial. I send you my wish for ……….PEACE AND LOVE….JJ

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Jjwest I have the same medications, I’m only taking 400mg of Gabapentin, Tramadol 4 times a day and Baclofen 3 times a day. It sounds as if some of your problems may be due to complications from diabetes. Do you have diabetes? I do, but thankfully i don’t have complications from it. I hope you find some relief. Gail

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@jjwest

Hello,Kmhd and rspalding….. I too have peripheral neuropothy,for many years now.. I am told it is thought to be because of spine problems. With so many of us with this, it does seem that there has to be something that can bring us relief. I never know from one day to the next how my feet and hands are going to be at night. That seems to be the worst time. Although, If I forget to take a dose of meds, during the day it can be miserable. There are times I cannot feel my feet on the floor. I have a rolling walker for my spine problems and it helps when I cannot feel my feet. Sometimes, just driving to the store, I am not sure I will be able to walk. SURLEY there is something that can help. I take 800mg of Gabapentin 4 times a day, sometimes 5 times. I have been trying so hard to get the amount between doses longer, and less in mg. I also take Tramadol, I cannot lie down in my bed, and I have to sleep in my recliner. God I wish I could lay down. My feet usually wake me up with feet burning and stabbing bee sting like pains in my leg. I do crafts, paint, jewelry making, play the keyboard. And I have learned that staying busy is crucial. I send you my wish for ……….PEACE AND LOVE….JJ

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Have you ever thought of getting an adjustable bed? I have one and I like it very much. It’s more important to me than an expensive mattress.

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