Thank you for breaking it down into a process. It helps me.
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I may have encountered a major break through. My daughter has a minor in women’s’ and gender studies. I learn sooooooomuch from them. While discussing masculine toxicity it occurred to me that it’s a phenomenon akind to gas lighting. My buried and extremely confusing emotions seem to come to light in this context. I’m bringing them to my next psychiatrist therapy appointment to discuss. It maybe the framework I need as a lot of my pain revolves around relationships with men.
I get super confused about emotions. My big challenge in the morning is sluggishness and … negativity. I’m irritable about my freaking phone cover. It sucks. Ummm I want help cleaning the house. It’s a lot of work. I’m disappointed with myself. There’s one! Self criticism. I think it’s one big knot.
I’m going through new therapy with a psychiatrist resident. He’s working with me to identify and release negative emotions. I’ve always found self awareness (I like that term!) very very difficult. So hard. At this point in my life I’m like this is nonsense. But I’m willing to try! Anything to get off Effexor! Nasty stuff. But it’s the only med that I could tolerate and worked this last relapse. Anyone have experience or thoughts on this?
I don’t think I’m uptight but have a long history of anxiety. I love yoga. It calms me down and rejuvenated me. I have less experience with meditation but I’ve always liked it. If I did more of both I’d be better for it.
Good question. The short answer is no. We acknowledge my fathers problems but that’s about it. He’s doing well. I struggle. That’s that.
I was in the gym locker room after a lengthy absence (Effexor ER side effects) and a long-time locker mate noted my reappearance and said hi. I told her I have depression and she was so empathetic and supportive. On another occasion an ER nurse (sudden retinal eye symptoms that turned out to be not serious) started talking to me about her depression after reviewing my meds. She was very supportive and had good wisdom to share. A dental hygienist commented on how many patients are now on anti depressants. Facebook “confessions” and people talking about depression very openly. This forum.
I’ve seen a full range of responses to mental illness over the years! I am now just starting to be open about it. I have not, however, come out on Facebook yet. lol.
Very positive developments. Had I had access to this fountain of wisdom when I was a teenage I’m thinking my life long battle would have been easier. #endthestigma