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Wed, Feb 27 11:58am · When to take Lamictal? in Mental Health

Good Morning Friend, I've been taking Lamictal at the same time I take Cymbalta which is in the morning. My mood and feelings are stabilized with this method. I'm sure you will find a time period that fits your needs. Have you consulted with the Doctor who prescribed this medication? Good question you asked. Charlie

Mon, Jan 21 10:56pm · Feeling hopeless and alone in Mental Health

Dear Hopeless & Alone,

Thank you for sharing your present health status and especially your feelings. Many of us have undergone medical procedures and felt similar to you. I know when we are in pain, the pain is an attention getter and keeps us from looking at an opportunity to get healed. I can identify with your depression and crying. I have empathy for you and also prayers. I know you are loved and it usually helps to discuss feelings, etc. with our loved ones. People like and want to help us when we are in distress. As a suggestion, you may want to obtain some second opinions from other Doctors that may help you. I hope you live in an area where you are able to have expert treatment. If so, this too will pass. It takes time for recovery. Please keep us informed to your recovery.
Charlie L.

Dec 31, 2018 · Inability to live a normal life. in Epilepsy & Seizures

Bless your feelings and heart. I can identify with your anxiety as I've suffered with anxiety since I was a child. I've many diseases and take many medications, .I'm fortunate to have excellent Doctors, Therapists and a therapy group that I attend twice per week. I believe anxiety and depress ion effects our physical health more than we understand. I have finally accepted my mental and physical conditions which has brought peace and serenity. I pray for you to learn and understand that life can bring many beautiful things by working with your support people, May 2019 bring good to your life.

Charlie

Aug 9, 2018 · ~ Difficulties Finding a Job ~ in Mental Health

You gave an excellent reply to atmber pep. The reply was well thought out and provided great information. Thanks to you.
Charlie75

Aug 9, 2018 · ~ Difficulties Finding a Job ~ in Mental Health

Hi @amberpep I just saw your message dated 07/22/2018, and since this is the only information I have regarding your situation, I know from experience that hope will help with your feelings. I see where several friends have responded to you, and I see this as a positive sign. Being human is simple, but we must do everything we can to complicate our lives in order to remind us we are alive. If I had a magic wand, it would be sent to you for a fast recovery, but as far as I know, a wand doesn't exist just as magic pills don't exist. I pray you are feeling better and that you are taking each day one at a time. Your mental friend,
Charlie75

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

Thank you so very much for the kind response to my remarks. I know that power is given to us by others as good orderly direction. This helps us learn the lessons that we need in order to find serenity. All we need to do is change our mind in order to change ourselves. The truth will set everyone of us free. May health and happy times come into your lives.
Charlie75

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

It's been some time since I've entered into discussion with my family (all of you). I've suffered from mental illness (Bi-Polar 1) for 60 years, and I self-medicated for 22 years (wouldn't take medicine prescribed by Doctors because I didn't like how I was feeling, and I couldn't drink alcohol because of
the interactions), and I became an alcoholic. I found my way into AA and this was the start on a path to wellness. Of course my thinking was warped,
and I thought that alcohol was my only problem. I forgot about having other mental illnesses. It took me another 20+ years to finally seek help for my
Bi-Polar 1/Anxiety/Border Line Personality. I've learned that I'm not capable of doctoring myself and to listen to the educated therapists and Doctors.
Last year, I realized that I was depressed and it was so different from past experiences I wasn't aware of what was affecting my feelings. My Doctor
changed my medication from Zoloft to Cymbalta and during the phase out of Zoloft and replacement with Cymbala, I suffered a psychotic episode and
was admitted to a psych ward for 8 days. This was the best experience in my life…….I finally accepted my mental illnesses, and I realized that all of us
have similar empathetic feelings towards each other, but we all have a different and individual story which makes us a living miracle. I feel like acceptance was a major break through for recovery and positive growth. I pray for all of you to be relieved of your depression and painful feelings.
Charlie75

Jan 17, 2018 · drug-resistant depression (DRD) in Depression & Anxiety

Hi DRD,
I can understand your situation as I’ve done a lot of research on medicines, etc, and how the meds treat different types of mental illnesses. Since I have no idea what your diagnosis might be, it is difficult to discuss treatment options. I have bi-polar 1, and I’ve tried to play doctor and treat myself. I would research different drugs and then discuss the drugs with my Doctor and most of the time he would change my meds. and then I would find myself in a worse situation. My Doctor had recommended a mood stabilizer sometime ago, and I nixed that idea due to the stigma of taking that type of drug. I finally found myself in a psych hospital and feeling suicidal. I decided to quit playing Doctor and listen to my Doctor. My Doctor prescribed a lesser dose of antidepressants and added the mood stabilizer. I have responded to this medicine and haven’t experienced the highs and/or lows that had filled my life for so many years. I hope you can find a solution that works for you.
charlie75