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Fri, Mar 20 10:05pm · How are you handling anxiety in this time of COVID-19? in Depression & Anxiety

@tnmama , although my anxiety is under control compared to years past, I, too, find that I am reacting to the events precipitated by the pandemic. I am physically and mentally experiencing changes that alter my health for the worse. I can only try to influence what I can now for me and for those closest to me, and that is enough. These are troublesome times, and perhaps we can do no more than be careful to try to sustain ourselves and to not go down a road that is going to harm either us or anyone around whom we touch (figuratively). What do you do best to alleviate your concerns on a regular basis? Try to follow a path that will not internalize this too much for you and yours.

Fri, Mar 20 8:39am · Tapering Off Gabapentin in Depression & Anxiety

@margaretob , if you read the start of this thread from me, you'll notice that I was having some difficulty at one point going below a certain dosage without having depressive symptoms occur for me. I am being treated for depression as well as the anxiety that I use the Gabapentin for in my regimen. After a period of time I successfully am down to 300 mg x 2 per day and my psychiatrist and I are fine with me at that level. If you are discontinuing this medication or lowering your dosage, include you physician in the conversation of how to do so and if you have uncomfortable side-effects in the change.

Fri, Mar 13 9:00am · Anxiety with IBS in Digestive Health

@caj, You are not being a child to try to deal with your illness; rather, it sounds like you need a lot more self-care to address it than you are allowing yourself now. I think you and your husband together need to adjust the priorities that you have set for yourself, for your business, and expectations of one another to allow you to cope in a more healthy way. The *evidence* that this is harming you is there as a basis to have this conversation. Have none of the physicians you've seen given you advice on addressing the GI symptoms you are having, since you say you are not on any meds? If you can get your physical life under better control, with the needed change in your regimen to support that, then perhaps some of your anxiety will lessen, too. Extreme stress is very unhealthy.

Tue, Mar 10 10:36pm · Finding a reason in Depression & Anxiety

However things come to pass that we lose out on happiness as age comes along to chip away at our time, we are faced with ourselves in the real battle to find a path that we can follow. As I settled into my birthday yesterday, realizing some very difficult financial days lie ahead and that I continue to struggle with mental issues, alone, I worry about my times. Still, I have my dignity presently in working in my occupation and in finding some relief in knowing that nobody can strip away from me how I handle myself with others and most days on how I try to see myself now.

Dec 6, 2019 · Relief from nausea in Depression & Anxiety

I have periodic nausea in the mornings that can be difficult to get over, even with Zofran. My unfortunate go-to solution is to inhale/swallow until I vomit. 🙁 I haven't pursued this with my physician, because the episodes are less frequent now than in the past. I should probably bring it up at my next appointment, as it has not gone away, and it does distress me.

Nov 19, 2019 · Crohn’s disease and PSC - Questions about medication in Digestive Health

I have Crohn's Colitis, and I currently am only on Humira. I quit taking Mesalamine because it was just giving me diarrhea. I have never been on more than 3 medications at any one time for Crohn's, so ten sounds like a lot to me. I have had CD since 1998.

Nov 11, 2019 · Importance of focusing on Positive with Depression & Anxiety. in Depression & Anxiety

@merpreb , this hits the nail on the head for me. I am just beginning to walk away from the self-punishment that I inflicted upon myself for a long time toward acceptance of what has happened in the past, what I accept responsibility for, knowing that what is done is done. It's true for me, too, that what I had become accustomed to by living events over and by berating myself over those things was just what I knew was my world that I was bound to suffer in forever. It *is* awful, but I don't have to continue in those ways or with that type of thinking today, this moment.

Nov 10, 2019 · Identifying and releasing negative feelings in Depression & Anxiety

@shermananski , my, I have some considerable background in ruminating myself. When I am depressed it is a go-to habit of mine that ends of with endless self-critique to the point of feeling worthless. When I catch myself doing this I try to realize that I have explored my past and that it's not going to help me in *this* moment to pursue it any further. I set it aside, and if I feel later that it is important will bring it up with my therapist. I release my thoughts that are very negative in the company of somebody I can trust to give me honest and helpful feedback or just to ask them to listen and to acknowledge my feelings as valid.