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Nov 24, 2018 · Anxiety and Depression in Depression & Anxiety

I confirmed recently I have ADD, I'm older, but still want to accomplish goals like passing the bar exam, and wonder what suggestions anyone might have for coping with ADD inattentiveness form of ADHD, and how, for example, to build more structure into my day and activities so I can better stay with my bar exam studies and not jump around to other less meaningful tasks, for example. I started : ) listening to the great audiobook, "Driven to Distraction." I do know that the standard Adderall and other ADD meds do not work well at all !!! with me. Rather, I take 20 mg., prescription Lexapro. Thank you. Exercise and getting enough sleep are crucial, too, I know, but need more structure, Thinking about hiring an accountability / life coach as I do better when I know I have to account to someone whether I hit my daily goals. TY

Oct 23, 2018 · Severe anxiety/depression. Need help. in Depression & Anxiety

I'm sorry to hear of your anxiety and wish you comfort. As a former severe anxiety sufferer, I can offer a few tips that helped, 1) make yourself get out of the house and walk, every day, 2) Look at your problems, with a capable therapist, and how you can solve them or learn to live with them and to make peace (in your mind at least) with those who may have unintentionally/intentionally hurt you so you can have a peaceful mind and giving yourself permission to move forward, (And, as Jack Canfield says, we have to take 100% responsibility for our lives) 3) give yourself permission to pursue work and play you enjoy and that fulfills you, 4) do some volunteer work as helping others helps you, too, and remember "Be gentle with yourself, you're doing the best you can." May you be comforted.

Oct 8, 2018 · ~ sadness ~ in Depression & Anxiety

Hi, I pray that you feel comforted and you will get your second wind back, I know that I felt like that when my mother died of a terminal illness and I was so tired and sad but it's a time to rest up and know that everything happens for a reason, a learning experience, and I believe you will come out of this feeling well again. Time really does heal and you can take all the time you need. Feel better soon.

Oct 8, 2018 · Spiraling down but fighting to stay up. in Depression & Anxiety

I'm just starting a new health regimen that is working wonders so far and I'm sharing it with you.

The impetus for doing it is my doctor put a scare in me a few weeks ago that my blood test showed pre-diabetes. That scared me into action and my plan is working wonders, having struggled with depress., anxiety, overweight and insomnia, waking early.

This is what I now do – Every day, or at least 5 – 7 days a week, rain or shine, hot or cold, (I dress appropriately for the weather) I wake up and I walk, starting from my home to the nearby park with a paved walking path, beautiful natural surroundings, the sound of the creek, the smell of the fresh air, and I walk the path to the end and back home, hills and all, so that a third of my walk is along the sidewalk to the park, about a third is in the park, and a third back home, for a total walk of just over an hour a day.

I expect as I get into better shape, that time will decrease, but my walking goal is an hour a day. Well! Starting from day one, walking to/from/in the park reduces my anxiety, boosts my mood, helps me to get to bed earlier, and I'm losing weight, going from my present 230 to my goal weight of 180, giving myself a healthy, safe 6 months to reach 180, a done deal, I've made up my mind and know that to be my ideal weight. And, I betcha when I go back to my doctor, he's going to say i no longer have pre-diabetes!

The other thing I'm doing is, as a former sugar addict, like many people, I've cut out all processed foods and refined carbs like cookies and cakes, and replaced them with 3 reasonable meals a day, a daily salad, and, in-between meals, I only eat fresh fruits and vegs., as many as I want. An "apple a day!" (And my digestive health is improving, too!) The weight is coming off, I feel better, and if I could bottle what walking for an hour does, I would give it to all of you and see your moods lift and excess pounds peel off and walking soaks up anxiety like a sponge!

Please, if you are able, lace up the walking shoes and step outside, everybody!

Oct 6, 2018 · Spiraling down but fighting to stay up. in Depression & Anxiety

May you feel comfort and better very soon. You are a survivor! : )

Oct 1, 2018 · What are the symptoms of Cymbalta withdrawal? in Depression & Anxiety

Oh, hobbies – writing (articles I publish), and other genres of writing as I love to write, composing, listening to and playing music on my piano, volunteer work — a nearby agency that distributes food to people with low incomes and I help pack the food in the warehouse and you get to meet people who pack as well and have a social outing, too. : ) And walking daily!!!

Oct 1, 2018 · What are the symptoms of Cymbalta withdrawal? in Depression & Anxiety

Thanks, right, and, of course, you want to be very easy on yourself when a critical voice (usually an old parental voice or something) inevitably pops up, and, you kind of have to tell yourself, "I don't believe that harsh inner critic voice anymore and now choose to think something positive about myself instead.")

I have a framed quote people seem to like — "Be gentle with yourself, you're doing the best you can."