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Jan 23, 2018 · The value of an animal in Mental Health

Oh yes, I totally agree. They are such faithful and loving little souls 🙂

Jan 22, 2018 · The value of an animal in Mental Health

Keller is an awesome name, that’s interesting about the meaning of his name. My parents’ have a dog that they found wandering around in their neighborhood, many years ago, he turned out to be the best dog ever! He’s still around but getting old. I love the “velcro dog” description, that’s great. I had a dog once that was 8 mos old and was not a pet, she belonged to a breeder. When I got her she never left my side. They know what it’s like to not be someone’s pet and they are so happy to have a home. Jess

Jan 22, 2018 · The value of an animal in Mental Health

Hi Abby, I am so glad I saw your post! I’m 55 and I got a puppy about 5 months ago. I have chronic illness and was going downhill last summer and after seeing other people get puppies in my apartment building decided to get a puppy. I had no pets at the time and hadn’t had dogs or cats for 3.5 years. I was missing having a dog too! I struggle with depression and anxiety, so I totally understand. I think you are doing the right thing and I am totally supporting this! I dreaded telling my 75 yr old mom about getting a puppy because I knew it would be a negative reaction, and I was right. When I told her she said Oh No. She got over it fast thankfully. My dad wanted to hear all about the puppy, so that helped. My sisters love dogs too, so nothing negative. My wayward 20 yr old daughter who lives in Texas (I had to move to Utah because of my extreme allergy to airborne mold), was jealous – which I expected. She also has bipolar, but is using meth and heroine to feel good, and, unfortunately, and sadly, I don’t have much contact with her. I went to a support group for parents of kids with Substance Abuse Disorder and the leader of the group said getting the puppy was absolutely the right thing to do! All the other ladies in the group had dogs. My dog is an “Emotional Support Animal.” If you have to move and they say they don’t allow pets there – you can get your doctor to write a letter saying that your dog is an “Emotional Support” dog. No one can legally turn you and your dog away. Also, if you ever had to fly in a plane and take your dog with you the airlines cannot charge you for the dog’s fare, so the dog flies free. This is the law now and you can find that information on the internet, or someone can help you with that if you need to find it. Your doctor probably knows about this too. That’s how I was able to get permission to have my dog where I lived last summer. The doctor faxed the landlord’s form after I filled out part of it. It was very easy to do. I know you will forget all about this sadness when you get the new friend! You will not care how much “trouble” the dog is. You will manage it and you will wake up each day and see that precious face looking at you, happy to see you, and full of love for you! I hope you have a better day now! I am really happy for you! My Audrey has improved my life immensely! Good luck and I hope to hear more! Jess

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

Hi Jim, thanks for your reply. I try to keep doing the things that make me feel better, like talking to my mom regularly. She’s in Texas and I hate to worry her but it’s my only lifeline right now. I’m taking the best care of myself that I can under the circumstances. I’ve had a low-grade fever for a few weeks now and don’t know what is causing that so I called the new doc’s office this morning about it. I usually don’t get a fever, even when I’m at my sickest with a bad virus. They are the ones who took my temp a couple of days ago but we didn’t discuss it when I was there. More blood test results will be coming early next week, so maybe some answers finally. I am hoping that going to different types of medical professionals will yield some answers and some relief. I really need to work again, I don’t have anywhere to go except back to Houston, which would make me really sick because of the mold. I’m really relying on my faith to get me through, like I have been for several years now, I wish I wasn’t so sensitive emotionally. Good luck with your projects, I know you’ll feel better once you get started on them. Sometimes breaking it up into smaller chunks or smaller time periods helps with getting started. I procrastinate, I don’t know if that’s an issue for you. I’ll tell myself that I’m only going to do something for 30 min. Then, once I get started I usually do twice that amount. Have a great day.

Jan 11, 2018 · Long-term depression in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks for your reply. Since I was an older mom and my daughter was adopted as a newborn, I stayed at home with her for about 10 years, and she’s a single child. I know I was a good mom, but her parents divorced when she was 7 and she was also really hurt by her biological family not keeping her. She has bipolar, which her birth mother has, so I try not to blame myself too much. I loved her just like I had given birth to her and was a devoted mom. I hardly have any contact with her and miss her terribly. I wonder if all of her mental illness related stuff that I went through with her as a teenager took a toll on me. Thankfully I have my faith in God and that helped me get through. Now, I wonder if all of that had a part to play in my terrible allergy problem that became extreme during that period of time. Anyway, it’s been hard for me to accept that I can’t work, the depression makes you feel like you are “faking” everything and that none of it’s real, this is a delusion but it feels so real! Don’t know how I’m going to survive without an income. I applied for soc. sec. disab. benefit last month but it could be a very long wait and I could be turned down the first or second time, so it could be a couple of years before I got approved, if at all. All of this is a lot to deal with when you are already physically sick and dealing with depression most days. I’m really having to trust God with all this but it’s hard not to obsess sometimes about it. Thanks for sharing about your child. I know I wish I could go back and fix my mistakes, but it might not have been enough. I have asked her to forgive me for my mistakes and told her how much I wanted to be the best mother I could be for her. That was a facebook private message to her, and as usual, I got no response back. At least I can see that she’s alive by looking at her facebook page. I know a lot about depression, it’s been a part of my life since I was little, so I know I have to reach out for support and not isolate myself. I am glad that others are having the courage to reach out on this site, it’s so important.

Jan 11, 2018 · Long-term depression in Depression & Anxiety

Hi, I just found the Mayo Clinic connect. I was hoping to be able to go to the Mayo clinic fo get a diagnosis but just found out yesterday my insurance won’t pay for anything out of my home state. I’m incredibly frustrated with my health problems which are to blame for my depression, anxiety, irritability and anger. Those emotional symptoms are turned on and off each week or so by my environmental – air allergies. This has been going on for 5 years in a severe form. I’ve moved twice – once out of state and once to the other side of my state, to escape mold allergy. Unfortunately, I have many other allergies – dust is the one that is my new big problem. I developed asthma last month from the dust, but it’s minimally active. Just got on insurance – haven’t worked since September. This week went to 2 new doctors in my new city – which is a small city. The allergist said there’s not much he can do. I left Texas a year and 7 months ago, and when I was there I got allergy skin testing done and took allergy shots for 2 x a week for 7 months, and the shots didn’t help, just made me sick. I went to a new primary care doc yesterday and they are doing more bloodwork than the allergist did. The allergist’s tests came back normal for kidney, liver, and inflammation. The Prim. care doc is doing a whole bunch of other tests for inflammation. I feel sure my brain is under attack because of my chronic fatigue, chronic memory and ADD-like symptoms, and chronic emotional ups and downs. I’m supposed to see a psychiatrist and am waiting for that office to call me and set up an appointment. I am taking Lexapro and the new doc gave me a baby dose of Abilify to try and help with my mood. Some days I don’t need help with my mood, but the allergies will kick in and then I’ll be really depressed and feel like impending doom is coming and that I might not be able to live like this much longer. I am 55 and have a daughter in TX that is on meth and heroine and just turned 20. She might need me someday if she decides to go into rehab, and she’s my only child. I also have elderly parents who would be devastated if I died, so dying is not an option for me. Besides, when I’m feeling normal (every few days), I am happy to be alive and death is not in the back of my mind at all. Thankfully I got a new puppy a few months ago and she is a great support to me as well. I am home bound and bed bound a lot and really need to find people to talk to. I’m hoping there’s someone else out there that can understand this bizarre situation that I’m in. Thanks for reading my long post, hope you are having a good day so far.