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Nov 30, 2018 · Blockage in Sphenoid Sinus Causes Daily Headaches in Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT)

I have had chronic sinusitis for several years, accompanied by daily headaches and my ENT, as well as a MRI of my brain have confirmed that my sphenoid sinus (the sinus in the back of your face that is inside your brain) is completed blocked, and their is a build up of mucous like cells surrounding it. This is what I understand of what I've been told. The scary thing is that this sinus is very close to the optic nerve and other important parts of the brain and could cause irreparable damage to my optic nerve that would possibly cause loss of sight. The procedure to open up the sinus is one that is performed under general anesthesia and there is also the risk of the surgeon accidentally disturbing something else in the brain close to the sinus. This surgery is optional, as I can continue as I am and hope that the sinus doesn't become inflamed or swollen and cause damage. However, currently, I am experiencing the daily headaches that are typical with this condition.

Has anyone experienced anything similar and if so, how did you handle the situation?

Nov 30, 2018 · Depression and Chronic Pain in Depression & Anxiety

@parus. It sounds like you are tormented by what you experienced in the past. I wish that you could've gotten some help from medications. I take some that help me get through the day. Are you seeing a counselor or therapist? What you bring up regarding things that happen (a call from a sibling) that cause you to feel the pain from the past are "triggers". I experience the same kind of thing and I have developed a "Trigger Action Plan". so that when I get triggered by something that occurs or by someone, I have a plan for what to do to to deal with the thoughts and feelings that get stirred up. For example, I will listen to music or play the piano. Sometimes, when I'm really struggling, I'll just get myself up and find something that requires some kind of physical effort, like vacuuming. It seems to divert my attention and is an outlet for my feelings. It helps me calm down and get some control.
I hope this might be helpful to you. Hang in there. The past may continue to "haunt" you at times, but there are things you can do in the present that will help distance you from the past as you get used to, as they say, "be present in this moment".

Nov 30, 2018 · Depression and Chronic Pain in Depression & Anxiety

Guess what? sharlynn62 is still around; still here in November, 2018 with the same issues, for the most part. I thank all of you who responded to my post and am sorry that I did not reply. It really means a lot to me that you all took the time to share your thoughts and suggestions with me; I don't know why I didn't respond back then, but I wanted to let you all know, now, that I appreciate all of your comments. I have read them all and already feel uplifted by the positive and supportive ideas you had. Some of you shared your challenging experiences and even though I understand and empathize with the difficulties you are experiencing, it is helpful to know that I'm not alone in the struggles we face. I certainly realize that there are people who have things a lot worse than I do and sometimes it's hard not to feel like I'm being selfish and pitying myself, when talking about my problems. However, I respect that everyone is effected in different ways by the issues that challenge them no matter how trivial or serious they may seem to others. (I can share this with others, but have a hard time putting it into practice with myself).

Again, thanks for caring about me and I hope to be a more active participant in further discussions.' Best to all…

Feb 12, 2018 · Long-term depression in Depression & Anxiety

I want to add to what Theresa said about CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). I’ve read the research that has shown that this seems to be the therapeutic technique/program that has the best results for those with depression. I have had varying levels of severity of depression (major episodes to dysthymia) since I was a teenager and have been in therapy for many, many, years. I have found that CBT works well mostly for persons with single episode depression and those who do not have complicated psychological histories. For me, it is too simple and doesn’t address the underlying issues that “feed” my depression. There are two other programs that can be used in therapy and independently that I just wanted to mention. One is Schema therapy, which was developed based on CBT, but takes it a step further. They say that this is effective with people who have accompanying personality disorders. I don’t have a “full-blown” personality disorder (I haven’t been diagnosed with one), but I do have longstanding psychological issues stemming from childhood and early adulthood experience, which this therapy addresses.

The other program is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. It is used for a variety of problems, including something else I deal with, chronic pain. The focus is on acknowledging one’s struggles/problems, etc., learning ways to accept that they are part of your life, then moving on with learning ways to adapt, cope, etc. There is a lot of literature and many publications about this technique.

For those people who do not receive what they need to get well from CBT, I would suggest looking into the “programs” or therapeutic techniques I mentioned above.

All the best to you on your recovery journey!
Sharon

Feb 12, 2018 · Circadian Rhythm Problems in Sleep Health

Even though I am not a night shift worker, I have chronic insomnia because I seem to have my days and nights backwards. I function during the day and I don’t take naps, however, I’m fatigued, somewhat sluggish and not motivated to do much of anything. Granted, I also have depression and these are symptoms of this illness, too, however, often I am much more alert at night, I have an incredible appetite (I don’t each much during the day) and my mind is much clearer. Most nights, I don’t go to bed until 2:30 or 3 a.m. Anyone else experience this?

Jan 8, 2018 · Long-term depression in Depression & Anxiety

Hi Charlie,
Thanks for sharing your experiences in response to my post . I can really relate to what you said about “putting on the actor’s face”. Even though I have accepted my illness, I still have to put on the face so I can function in the community, either working or volunteering. Because I work with others who have mental health challenges, I can often “take off my mask” and share things with them. I’m very involved in peer support and believe it can be extremely helpful, along with therapy and medication, if that is what a person chooses. I applaud you for taking action and working on having hope and optimism. I really struggle with this after being depressed for so long and have so many other problems, mostly physical that make it hard to live the kind of life I want. I try to take it a day at a time; sometimes an hour at a time, if I need to. I find that getting out and doing things that help other people really helps with my recovery. It gives me a sense of purpose and takes my mind off of myself.
I appreciate reading about what you’ve found works for you. I am continually learning from interacting with other people. I hope that some of the things that I write or talk about are helpful to others. I wish you well on your recovery journey.
Sharon

Jan 5, 2018 · Long-term depression in Depression & Anxiety

Hi Seeker 70,

By no means are you alone in your desperate wish to come out from under the dark cloud and see the sun again (this is how I visualize depression sometimes). I, too, have been dealing with some level of depression since I was a teenager. I have been taking medications (too many) for several years and seeing a therapist every week as well. Sometimes I feel so trapped in this life of misery. I also have several chronic physical problems that make it hard to live a ” normal” life and feed the depression.

I think there are two major things I want to say. One is that you must believe and let others know that depression is an illness just like diabetes or heart disease. You didn’t bring this on yourself and you can’t just “change your attitude” and make it go away. I was told to “pull up my boot straps” and get on with life, when I was a teenager and it just shows that people need to be educated about mental health. One thing I’m involved in that helps me is advocacy for people who have mental health concerns. I work on an anti-stigma campaign in my county and am involved in peer support (being with others who face similar struggles and providing support to one another).

This leads to my second point. You are very intuitive and obviously have not lost hope as you are reaching out to others for support. For me, this is one of the most important things that I can do to help with my recovery. It’s difficult, though, because I haven’t found many people of my age (I’m 55) who are interested in listening to a “boring old sad woman” (this is how I feel about myself a lot… part of my depressive symptoms include very low self esteem and negative self image). However, when I find someone who wants to listen and wants someone to listen to them, it’s marvelous and hopeful.

So, I would be glad to talk with you some more, if you are still wanting to discuss what you’re experiencing , etc. Let me know with a post here and we could possibly exchange email addresses. I often have to remind myself so I think it’s important to say this to you…You are not alone! Take care.

Jan 1, 2018 · ~ Depressed about my move, missing former hometown ~ in Depression & Anxiety

Abby,
A general comment…do what makes you feel good and at peace. Your desires are very important and should be respected.
I’ve spent most of my life and still struggle with the “pleasing others” syndrome. For me, it is a way that I can assure myself that if I do what others want of
me, I will have their love and acceptance. What I’ve found out as I’ve lived my life is that this belief is a bunch of “crap”. It seems I always end up giving up a lot and not getting much of anything in return. It’s hard to change this belief though as most of the reinforcement I have gotten throughout my life has been related to what I can do for others. I would really like for people to like me for me (whoever that is). I just feel like if I don’t have a purpose (and this has always been in the helping field), there’s no reason for me to exist. I’ve been able to deal with this most of my life because I have devoted myself to my work, which involved helping others. However, now, due to physical and mental health issues, I’m unable to work. This has been extremely difficult for me and has taken a huge toll on my mental health ( I deal with major depression and mild anxiety). The only way I’ve been able to cope is by volunteering. I’m convinced if I did not have the responsibilities I have in my various volunteer roles, I would’ve gone off the deep end by now.

Sorry, I got off the point somewhat, but maybe my experience will help someone else who’s experienced losses in later life (death of loved one, unemployment, inability to be mobile, etc.) can think about volunteering as a way to deal with grief, loneliness, lack of sense of purpose, etc.

To everyone who reads this, I wish you peace and contentment in the new year.
Sharon