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Wed, Nov 20 5:52pm · How Do You Bring Up Mayo Clinic in Your Daily Life? - Monthly Mission in Mayo Clinic Champions

I had an ear surgery when I was ten. I am now 72, and it was a very telling point in my life. O.E. Hallberg, M.D. had devised a new technique for mastoid surgery that was cutting edge for that time. He removed a tumor in the mastoid and along the facial nerve, and I made a complete recovery. Local specialists thought the problem was in both ears due to issues with radiological technique. One surgery vs. four. My parents were overjoyed with the diagnosis, the surgery, and the way they were treated regarding insurance and costs. I have guided friends to Rochester and Phoenix, in fact I have friends on their way as I send this to deal with a reoccurrence of leukemia. I also spent time in Rochester with a former father in law having orthopedic surgery, and the care was flawless. The marriage was fatally flawed, but not an issue Mayo is prepared to address. If I ever have a problem of any moment, I will not hesitate to present myself in Rochester, and I continue to be an active advocate of Mayo Clinic. It is the gold standard for medical care.

Fri, Nov 1 10:37am · Stuck in Depression & Anxiety

Connect is therapy in its purest form. I am grateful.

Thu, Oct 31 11:31am · Stuck in Depression & Anxiety

It is an adjustment. Some of it can be assisted with anti depressants. The rest is changing your expectations, and not concerning yourself with the expectations of others. I am 72, and cannot remember a time that depression was not part of my life. I am on a medication protocol that works as well as can be expected. Regardless of what medications you are prescribed, life will not be rainbows and unicorns. I volunteer, mostly with church and social betterment causes. Giving of my time helps others, and takes my focus to them instead of me. Yes, some days it is hard. If you have a down day, have a down day because you know it isn’t permanent. If you don’t recover from the down days, then intercession is necessary. If you can have a pet, and don’t have a dog or cat…get one. Loving something that loves you back is great medicine. Enjoy the fact you are able to just be. Read, volunteer, pray, walk, or whatever you feel like, or not. It is your call for a change.

Sun, Oct 27 8:15am · Long-term depression in Depression & Anxiety

I am very claustrophobic, and am not a pleasant person for the technicians blessed with my presence. Found an open CT resource, and everyone was happier. I hope never again to be subjected to this technology, as necessary and wonderful as it is.

Fri, Oct 18 8:36am · Dealing with resentments in Depression & Anxiety

I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist, pastor or theologian. I am active in my congregation and my denomination. I do not dispute your interpretation of your religious requirement to suppress your feelings, but I am concerned for you and wonder if it would be constructive for you to solicit some pastoral counseling, perhaps from someone outside of your congregation or denomination. Anger, frustration, angst, etc., are fully human emotions, and my belief is to let emotions hold you emotionally hostage is nether healthy nor what G_d intends for us. If you are Christian, or not, I would invite you to read through the Psalms, and note that the writer does indeed manifest his anger and frustration toward G_d, and it is accepted and possibly encouraged. Religion is ideally our “safe place”, a place where inner peace is offered, not a burden to try to endure. Reach out to a faith leader, and spend some time with some one on one counseling. Possibly, that could be one person. I spent a number of years in therapy with a licensed Protestant pastor and therapist. I bid you peace…

Sun, Oct 13 8:42am · Successfully off of antidepressants for more than 5 years in Depression & Anxiety

I have been on one anti-depressant or another for about 30 years. I have never gotten off any one of them, but have changed from one drug to another, with little difficulty, or great difficulty, depending on the drug. Is there some reason that your physician/psychiatrist is urging you to cease the drug protocol? Just concerned and semi-experienced. Best of luck to you. Please have your medical professional orchestrate this, if it is appropriate. I have dysthymia, so I have a constant level of depression, and I doubt I will ever not be dependent on medication. My life is good. Very few major depression flare ups…
Take care of you,
bcw

Sat, Oct 5 7:24pm · Will CBD oil help reduce withdrawal symptoms of tapering down Effexor? in Depression & Anxiety

Just a general response to be cautious. Not all products are the same, concern about interaction with other drugs, etc. Seems to be working for you, and I’m pleased for you.

Fri, Oct 4 9:42am · Will CBD oil help reduce withdrawal symptoms of tapering down Effexor? in Depression & Anxiety

See your physician. CBD is touted as an elixir for everything without much scientific support. I use a CBD ointment for an arthritic finger and it helps, but that is a topical application. Why are you trying to get off Effexor? Surely your physician/psychiatrist can and will work with you to change medications or convince you to continue with Effexor. I would be very wary of the CBD vendors showing up on every corner. Wishing you the best.