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Mar 19, 2018 · How to Help Myself with Depression, Anxiety and Panic Attacks in Depression & Anxiety

My heart aches for you. I have a close friend who felt just as you do. She found a therapist (at long last) that she trusted and was able to realize that she needed long term medication and she is so much better. I have been on several meds over the last 25 years and I understand that I am not addicted but that I need them just as I need my blood pressure meds. Given the choice, I would rather not have to take all these meds but I have come to understand that I need them to live and to function. I pray that you can find a therapist AND a doctor–tell them right off that you feel guilty about talking about yourself and I hope that they will help you with that issue. I hope that you can come to the same good place that my friend and I have found. We know that life isn't easy ever but it is doable and there can be moments of joy.

Mar 17, 2018 · Experience with genetic testing to find the best anti-depressant in Depression & Anxiety

My psychiatrist has suggested genetic testing to find the best anti-depressant for me. Has anyone tried this?

Dec 7, 2017 · Antidepressants that don't simply leave you with a flat affect in Depression & Anxiety

I currently take nortryptiline and lorazepam and have fairly normal ups and downs. I liked Prozac (because it relieved my social anxiety) but it suddenly stopped working. I’ve been on this combination plus a thyroid supplement (levothyroxine) for at least six years. I’ve gotten through the shock of my husband’s death(after 60 good years), a move to assisted living, with my equilibrium intact, in spite of some really horrible times.

Dec 3, 2017 · Are you ever afraid of dying alone because of your mental illness? in Mental Health

At age 85, I admit that I have gotten accustomed to the idea of being “next in line”. In fact, although I basically fear the process of death, with so many losses in my life, I can almost accept death. My chronic problems are depression and anxiety. I have begun to be reluctant to develop new friendships because of recent traumatic losses. The only thing that has helped is to accept (and swallow my pride) my need for assisted living. So get a Life Lock or some other alert system. You will at least not have to fear falling, being injured, and unable to get help. As we age, it is imperative not to endanger ourselves because of pride. My lessons were learned the hard way!

Sep 17, 2017 · ~ Just about done with everything ~ in Mental Health

I have suffered from depression for a number of years. When my psychiatrist saw that I had a history of “low normal” thyroid she added levothyroxin to my nortryptilin and it helped immensely. This was after testing, of course, and the testing included more that just T3 and T4.