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2 days ago · Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety. in Depression & Anxiety

I still take my antidepressant. I find that having the right dose for that controls my anxiety. I also try to deal with any stressors as soon as I can.

3 days ago · Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety. in Depression & Anxiety

@helenfrances I do not remember exactly but I was at 1mg for about 15 years and then at 1.5 for a few months. I actually went up to 2 for a few weeks before tapering off. I changed doctors and he wanted me off so I did. I was in my mid 60s at the time.

3 days ago · Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety. in Depression & Anxiety

@sears I successfully tapered off of Klonopin which is a benzo. I did not do any of the fine gradations. I went from 1.5 to 1 to 0.5 and did not have any problems. I took about 2-3 weeks between changes.

3 days ago · Aching legs from Small Fiber Neuropathy in Neuropathy

Have you checked your spam folder? Email providers are getting tougher on spam which can cause a lot of emails that come from places like Mayo Clinic Connect to be classified as spam.

4 days ago · Mental Illness medication and TBI in Depression & Anxiety

@helenfrances yes there is a difference. A lot of times the words are used as the same, but the difference is definite. It was explained to me that addiction is the body phyisically becoming dependent on the substance, such that withdrawal can cause severe problems or even death. Dependence means you can have minor non-lifethreatening conditions, such as pysicologically dependent or aches or nausea or headaches. Withdrawal from caffeine may cause headaches, but it will not give any major problems. However, withdrawal from heroin may cause death or acute health problems.

6 days ago · Sleep apnea and potential treatments in Sleep Health

@wgatap21 the site mentions that you must prove that other methods have not worked for you. Since you never really tried to use the CPAP machine, I doubt you would qualify. Since sleep apnea can cause heart attacks and stroke, I would ask what reason keeps you from using the CPAP machine to keep from getting these?

Sun, Nov 3 9:38am · Disability in Neuropathy

@pell I applied for disability many years ago so my experience may be dated. I also applied for another reason as my neuropathy came after I was already declared disabled. As has been stated, you can not get disability until after you have been disabled for at least 6 months; however, they can back date your application so that once approved you get a lump sum payment to cover the 6 month period before you applied. I had to go on welfare and borrow on my credit card to pay the bills. Once I got the lump sum payment, the amount I got from welfare was deducted and sent to the state. What was left I was able to pay my credit card. Be aware that social security in the u.s. is only 40 per cent of what you used to make. Yes the application process is complicated and long. I suggest you call your local government to see if they can help you out with bills and other things. If you have a friend or relative who can help with the paperwork, that would be great. The benchmark for determining disability is if you can be gainfully employed. The amount is different across the U.S. so you would have to find out what that would be in your area. If for instance, the amount was 1100 a month, then you would need to prove you cannot earn 1100 a month. The other option is to consult an attorney, but they do take a percentage of any award you get.

Thu, Oct 31 1:02pm · Stuck in Depression & Anxiety

@kleelibby even with my depression under control, there are still times I isolate due to stress or depression. I feel it is time to rest and recuperate. All part of doing what we can to help us with our condition.