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Autoimmune diseases, Bone, joint, and muscle disorders, Lung and airway disorders, Mental health disorders, Neurology (brain and nervous system)

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Nov 29, 2018 · Gratitude Changes Everything in Living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

I'm glad you didn't lose your utilities. That, I'm sure, was at the top of your gratitude list.
Chicago is one of those northern cities that make getting through the winter's grey, dreary days difficult. Have you talked to your doctor about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)? There is info on Mayo Connect that can tell you more about it to see if this is a pattern that fits your experience. If so, starting your morning with the right lighting while you write in your Gratitude book can make your day so much better.
Wishing you a sunny day!

Nov 10, 2018 · Tired of waking up at 2am.. in Sleep Health

I understand about medications not working as expected. My cousin is knocked out by an aspirin. It takes 500 mg of percodan to do the same to me. The gabapentin seems to work for me as long as I don't take it on a full stomach. Keep trying techniques and considering meds your doctor recommends. There has to be relief ahead for you.

Nov 8, 2018 · Depression, fibromyalgia and spinal degeneration in Depression & Anxiety

Have you had your blood pressure checked during those months? January, February and March used to be the time every year that I could hardly pick my hands up to put on the keyboard at work. My blood pressure would even drop low. Turns out I had Seasonal Affective Disorder. I got a special full spectrum light which made a huge difference. Eventually I moved three hours south and that made another huge improvement. Since you're only affected during those months it's something you could discuss with your doctor.

Nov 8, 2018 · Tired of waking up at 2am.. in Sleep Health

I had a similar problem. It didn't matter what time I went to sleep, after one and a half hours I'd wake up and not be able to go back to sleep until my alarm was going off. I couldn't take regular sleep medications due to the antidepressant I am on. My psychiatrist prescribed gabapentin. It takes right at three hours to kick in so I usually take it about 7 pm. If I take it on a full stomach it isn't as effective. If I take it on an empty stomach it kicks my butt when I hit that three hour mark. If I get up and am moving around a lot it counteracts and postpones the effect. If I'm watching TV or reading it takes effect at the three hour mark and I have to lie down. I've been taking it for years now. It also helps with my arthritis pain when I'm trying to go to sleep and while I'm sleeping.

Nov 6, 2018 · Morning Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

Some of the physical descriptions of waking up with anxiety sound like before I got a cpap machine for sleep apnea. Then I was pulling off the mask in my sleep because I felt like I couldn't breathe. The doctor added oxygen to my cpap and I was good again. Just a thought.
My antidepressant was causing me sleep issues but there are several options to counteract that side effect.
I hope this helps someone cope a little better.

Nov 5, 2018 · Depression vs Anxiety in Depression & Anxiety

@codya. How long have you been on your meds?

Nov 4, 2018 · Is it depression or sadness? in Depression & Anxiety

You made your first positive step by not hurting yourself which gives you the opportunity to feel better. Your second good decision was to reach out and you chose a great group to reach out to. The people in this group have shown me how caring and supportive they are. Healing that broken part of you won't happen overnight but can happen with persistence in following up to get the help you need. Make a list of the suggestions offered you by these people who have been in the neighborhood of where you're struggling right now. Follow each step and you can feel better.
My depression started in high school but I was in my 30's before I started trying to get the help I needed. Because they didn't have DNA tests back then to help narrow down what medications would be most likely to help, it took me years to find the right one for me. It was only a last resort call to a hospital that put me together with the right doctor who knew what I needed.
Start down the road as soon as possible taking that first step with your doctor so you can feel better sooner. Stay in touch with the group so they can support you. I'm looking forward to your progress!

Nov 2, 2018 · Anxiety Will End Me in Depression & Anxiety

ineedhope. Please do stay in touch. There is great support here and we do care how you are doing. Keep working on getting the help you need. It's there. Sometimes it just takes some effort and bravery to find it. We're sending good thoughts your way for next week's appointment.